Jackie D. Cate (JD): candidate for Mayor of Italy

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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.

Preliminary Results from General Election

Image: 30 people stood and waited for tonight’s results.

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:

Vote YES or No: Stafford Elementary Students Bond Together

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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.”

Thoughts on our upcoming elections

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.

2014 local elections’ polling schedules

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.

Steven Farmer and Paul Cockerham solicit input from Italy citizens

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.

Movie Night at the Cornerstone April 26th

Image: Movie Night @ the Cornerstone Downtown Italy April 26th 8:30pm

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.

Italy City Council 2014 Candidate Questionnaire: John Droll

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.

City Council candidates answer questions from citizens

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.

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Italy ISD School Board 2014 Candidate Questionnaire: Tessa C. South

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.

Italy City Council 2014 Candidate Questionnaire: Steven Farmer

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.

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Letter to the Editor

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.

November 5th Election information

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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.

From the publisher: What is really going on at Italy City Hall?

Image: City Council Meeting Agenda for Thursday, September 5, 2013

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.

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For or Against

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.

From the Publisher: Ellis Emergency Service District #3 Tax Increase Proposal

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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.

Upcoming election information

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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.

Letter from the Publisher: Mayoral candidate “Meet and Greet” or Debate?

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.