Published May 15, 2014
By Matthew Girard, Associate Editor
Voters of Belton made their decisions on the future of the city and the future of the Belton Independent School District last Saturday during the 2014 General Election.
On the Belton City Council, three spots were up for election including the position of Mayor after the retirement of Jim Covington.
Former Councilmember and Mayor Pro-Tem Marion Grayson became the first woman to hold the office after receiving 176 votes and also by way of running unopposed.
Voters also elected two new members to the City Council as Paul Sanderford (163 votes) and Guy O’Banion (106 votes) beat out Bruce Burleson (60 votes) and Justin Winkler (59 votes).
O’Banion said he was honored to be elected.
“I am both excited and honored to have been selected by the citizens of Belton to serve on City Council,” O’Banion said. “I will strive to use my years of experience on the Planning and Zoning Commission to make the best decisions possible for the future of this city.”
Sanderford said he is looking forward to the opportunity to serve the community.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Belton,” Sanderford said. “I look forward to working with the Mayor, fellow Councilmembers, City Manager and all of the wonderful staff that are responsible for the day to day management and operation of the city.”
In the BISD Board of Trustees election, incumbents Jason Carothers and Amanda Winkler were re-elected to the board during Saturday’s election process.
Carothers received 218 votes, while Amanda Winkler received 188 votes. Donald Copeland finished third with 37 votes.
Carothers said he is happy to continue help the school district in the future.
“I am excited for the opportunity to serve the taxpayers and students of BISD for a second term,” Carothers said. “We are in the beginning stages of a new 10-year plan, ‘Road Map to BISD 2025,’ and I look forward in continuing to be a part of that planning process.”
Amanda Winkler said she is excited to help support the students.
“I am honored that the community is supporting Belton ISD by choosing me as their candidate,” Amanda Winkler said. “I will continue to provide support and guidance as we continue to grow.”