Sunny skies. Cinco de Mayo. The Kentucky Derby.

So many ways to forget that it’s also election day for Texas cities, schools and special districts.

The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Elections officials and volunteers stand at the ready with ballots filled with choices that more directly affect local pocketbooks and quality of life than any other ballot this year.

Denton ISD is putting a $750 million bond package before voters. Two school board incumbents face a challenge to their re-election.

Denton Mayor Chris Watts is seeking his third and final two-year term. He is being challenged by former City Council member Neil Durrance, a Denton lawyer.

Watts is among four current mayors who drew an opponent in re-election bids. In Hickory Creek, Mayor Lynn Clark faces Charles Cleary. In Sanger, Phillip Surles is challenging longtime incumbent Thomas Muir, who hasn’t faced an opponent in eight years. And in fast-growing Lakewood Village, Brent Ashton hopes to unseat the current mayor, Mark Vargus, who has been in the post since 2014.

Oak Point, Hickory Creek, Cross Roads, Corinth, Krugerville, Lakewood Village, Pilot Point, Ponder and Sanger are also having council elections, but not every seat has a full slate. Similarly, seats on the Argyle and Krum school boards drew a full slate, while a handful of school board candidates in Ponder, Pilot Point and Sanger have no opponent.

Several cities are asking voters to approve propositions related to sales tax collection, including Argyle, Hickory Creek, Cross Roads, Oak Point, Lake Dallas and Draper (formerly known as Corral City).

Oak Point voters will also consider $5 million in bonds for street repairs.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881.

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