HPWD Precinct One election set for Nov. 6, 2018

Residents in Precinct One of the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District (HPWD) will go to the polls Nov. 6, 2018, to elect a Board member to represent them in groundwater matters for the next four years.

Paul Bjerk and Dan Seale, both of Lubbock, are candidates for Precinct One District Director. 

Seale, the incumbent, was elected to the Board in Nov. 2014. 

Precinct One consists of the portion of Crosby County above the Caprock Escarpment within the district, Lubbock County, and Lynn County.

Early voting for the Precinct One General Election will be conducted Oct. 22 - Nov. 2, 2018. 

A listing of Early Voting/ Election Day polling dates, times, and locations is available at www.hpwd.org/election2018 

In accordance with Section 2.051 of the Texas Election Code, the HPWD Board of Directors canceled the general election in District Directors’ Precinct Two and Precinct Five since these were uncontested races. 

Both unopposed candidates were declared duly elected to their offices at the Sept. 11, 2018 HPWD Board of Directors meeting in Lubbock.

Brad Heffington of Littlefield was re-elected to his second four-year term as Precinct Two District Director, representing Cochran County, the portion of Hockley County within the district, and Lamb County. 

He was appointed to the Board in April 2013 to fill the unexpired term of Jim Copeland of Anton.

Ronnie Hopper of Petersburg was re-elected to his second four-year term as Precinct Five District Director, representing the portion of Floyd County above the Caprock Escarpment within the district, Hale County, and Swisher County.

He was appointed to the Board in March 2013 to fill the vacant position held by Bruce Rigler of Plainview, who resigned.

"Political subdivisions can declare the results of an election without conducting it, if there are no contested positions and no propositions on the ballot," said HPWD Manager Jason Coleman.

"In this instance, the election results in Precincts Two and Five were known when the filing deadlines passed. This provision of the Texas Election Code saves considerable time and taxpayer money," he said.

Additional election information is available by contacting HPWD Governmental Affairs Director Victoria Whitehead at (806) 762-0181.