Last time, we discussed changing our form of government to a City Manager style. Since then, I have received some good feedback that I would like to address.
People have asked me, what is the platform you are running on for Mayor. In the next three months I will lay out some ideas. I hope each Citizen will read it and give me feedback as to your opinions.
My name is Jackie D. Cate (JD). I am 48 years old and I have lived in Italy my entire life. I have been married to my beautiful wife, Amy, for 25 years. We have 2 children who attend Stafford Elementary School; Austin is 10 and Alysa is 6. We have been homeowners and taxpayers in the City of Italy for 24 years.
The Ellis County Sheriff’s Officer’s Association recently endorsed Paul D. Perry for re-election as Ellis County Commissioner, Precinct 3.
Ellis County, TX – Paul D. Perry announces that he will seek re-election as Ellis County Commissioner, Precinct 3.
There was a huge turnout this month for this election. I went back and looked, we had 343 voters last year and 565 voters this year for the city election. School board election was 398 last year and 411 this year. Here are the preliminary results of the election:
After reading Mr. Morrison’s letter, I decided to call the superintendent and find out for my self if some of the things in the letter are true. Here are my findings.
VOTE YES as we Bond Together for Italy ISD on Saturday, May 9, 2015!!!
Italy Bond Issue — What they’re not telling you . . .
With voting clearly underway for Italy ISD’s 2015 Bond, I was ecstatic when Stafford Elementary’s 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Davee Garcia, contacted me to discuss a writing project that she and her fourth grade students were planning. The fourth graders were beginning their persuasive writing unit and had decided to write about the bond election. Their task was to write a persuasive paper of why someone should vote for or vote against the bond. I was asked to present to the class as the “bond expert.”
Early voting and election day voting schedules and information for your convenience.
There will be a Meet & Greet with the Council Candidates on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 6:30p.m. at the Italy Boze Community Center (161 W. Main Street, Italy).
The upcoming local elections are scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2015. There will be two school board seats, two city council seats along with the mayor up for election this spring.
The results are in…
Paul Cockerham and myself would like to thank the community for their support this past Saturday. It was very refreshing to see everyone come together.
I felt like I needed to write something about our upcoming election and the turmoil that surrounds our city government. I didn’t quite know what to say, until my brother in law, Gary Clark, brought a quote to our staff meeting.
On Saturday, May 10, 2014 Italy will have the elections for school board seats as well as city council seats. Milford will have a city council election as well as mayoral election. Early voting will begin on Monday, April 28. For our readers convenience we have compiled a list of locations, dates and times for early voting as well as election day voting.
If you have been concerned about the tone of the current political atmosphere in Italy, Steven Farmer and Paul Cockerham would like to invite you to voice your concerns this Saturday (April 26) from 11am to 1pm at the Italy Pavilion Downtown. Free hot dogs and drinks will be provided. Steven and Paul are both running for City Council and need your input and support to help make Italy a better place to live and raise our kids.
There is a Movie Night planned at the Cornerstone Downtown for April 26th. The movie, Creature From The Black Lagoon (in 3D) will begin at 8:30pm. Bring a lawn chair and your favorite movie snack and enjoy the outdoor cinema set up in the parking lot.
Hello, my name is Franky Jackson, lifelong resident of Italy, and graduate of Italy High School. I also attended Hill College in Hillsboro. I have served 8 years as a council member and 14 years as mayor. I attended 11 meetings out of twelve.
Kate and I have lived in Italy since 1992 when I retired from the U.S. Army. We have 3 sons; Harvey and his wife Jenny reside in Pearland; Joshua and Amber reside in Italy with Reagan, Tatum and Mia; Jordon and Jennifer reside in Waxahachie with Maddox and Liam. I have been a Special Education teacher since 1996 in the Desoto and Itasca school districts. I am currently the DAEP teacher for Itasca ISD.
On Monday night approximately 30 citizens of the Italy community met at the Italy Community Center to ask questions of council candidates. Paul Cockerham, John Droll, Steven Farmer and Pete Hinohosa were given an opportunity to let the citizens know why they were running for the council and give their views on city issues. Incumbents Frank Jackson and Dennis Perkins, Jr. are running for reelection but did not attend.
My name is Paul Cockerham and I am seeking a position on the city council because I believe the citizens of Italy are calling for a new direction.
My name is Tessa C. South, and I am seeking a seat on the Italy ISD School Board. I am a stay at home mom to 4 beautiful children, that currently attend both Italy Jr. High and Stafford Elementary. We are involved in the PTO and IYAA, here in Italy, Texas. I am a former graduate of Italy High School. I am 33 years old, and have been a resident of Italy for 28 years. If elected, I will serve the school with an open ear and an honest mind.
Our community has been hurting for some time now and I think we need new leadership to help bring this town back to what it once was. I personally am running because I want to be a voice for the community. If elected I promise there will be no personal agendas and there will be more transparency.
Before I filed to seek a seat on the Italy City Council, I had prayed about it, thought about it and talked to several people I respect and trust including my husband, Brian.
Voters should consider my ability to envision a desired future and lay out effective ways of bringing about that future. This ability has been earned from years of planning and decision making as a leader in both the civilian world and that of military combat.
On Monday, April 7, 2014, there will be a question and answer session for the 2014 Italy City Council Candidates. The event will begin at 6:00pm and will be held in the Italy Boze Community Center at 161 W. Main Street, Italy.
I am seeking a seat on the school board because of my passion for education first and foremost. Second, my passion for the IHS community at large. Third, I feel that diversity and honest open communication are the keys to progress in any organization according to best practices.
In an email received by the Italy Neotribune, Mr. Jerry E. Tekell stated that he has decided to bow out of the upcoming Italy City Council race.
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 is Primary Election day for Texas. Attached are the sample ballots for both the Democratic and Republican primaries. With several hot topic party referendums on the ballot, voters need to get out and vote.
The upcoming local elections are scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 2014. There will be two school board seats and three city council seats up for election.
Assistant Ellis County & District Attorney Ricky Sipes has announced his intention to seek election for Judge of County Court at Law 2 in the March 4th Republican GOP primary election.
Per a statement that can be found on the social media website Facebook, Steven Farmer has vowed to continue his quest to get things right in the town of Italy. His statement was met with vows of community support via his Facebook page.
The November 5th Election is fast approaching. Early voting began this week. There are 9 propositions on the ballot. Do your part and get out and vote.
Editors Note: Added informational link regarding proposed Propositions 10/25/13-10:10am.
As publisher of the Italy Neotribune I have watched, generally from afar, the operation of the City Government of Italy. It has been a wonder to behold. We have a new mayor that would like to make some changes. Changes are always tough and he is getting a lot of push back. Obviously being Mayor is new to him and he is making many people in the administration upset. There is often two sides to most questions and here are some of my observations.
The official results are in from the local election held Saturday, May 11, 2013. Results from Italy and Milford are included in this report.
Right now the voters in Italy and surrounding area will decide to approve or decline a property tax increase for our fire department. I would not ask a doctor to save my life without the proper equipment and I will not ask our fire personnel to do that either.
Italy and the surrounding area’s fire district are in dire need of improving the fire department to take care of all of us in case of fire and ambulance needs. It is a volunteer fire station so it already runs for less. But it has needs to do its job for us, the people. As publisher of the Italy Neotribune I would ask all to support the very small increase in taxes. We will all get back benefits in help as well as lower fire insurance costs. Please vote favorably for the improvement.
Saturday, May 11, 2013 the citizens of Italy, Texas will be voting for a mayor and two city council members. The community in and around Italy will also be voting on an amendment proposed by the Ellis County Emergency Service District #3. The citizens of Milford will have both a city council and school board election.
Video from the April 15, 2013 “Meet and Greet” with mayoral incumbent Mayor Frank Jackson, and mayoral candidate James Hobbs.
Greg Richards is an incumbent candidate for the Italy City Council. Read his questionnaire answers.
Whether intended or not, Italy’s current Mayor Frank Jackson and mayoral candidate James Hobbs participated in a cordial debate by answering questions from concerned citizens.
Video link has been added to this article.
Rodney Guthrie is seeking re-election to the Italy City Council. Read his questionnaire answers.
Normally at Neotribune we don’t get deeply involved in the City activities. But in this case we see a problem coming and would like to head it off before it happens. There has been a sign put up in the City Community Center for a Meet and Greet for the candidates for this evening, Monday April 15th. This sign has been posted by the present Mayor and listed as a Meet and Greet. The Mayor informed Mr. Hobbs that it was to be a Meet and Greet and made it sound like it was meant to be just exactly that.
Franky Jackson is the incumbent candidate for mayor of Italy. Read his questionnaire answers.
James Hobbs is a candidate for mayor of Italy. Read his questionnaire answers.
Steven Farmer is running for Italy City Council. Read his questionnaire answers.
Meet your 2013 mayoral candidates, Franky Jackson and James Hobbs on Monday, April 15 at the Italy Boze Community Center. Bring all of your questions, suggestions and comments that relate to the future of Italy, Texas.
Franky Jackson has been the mayor of Italy for 14 years and he is ready to retain his place as mayor for many more. He was born and raised in Italy and has always had a heart for Italy.