Early voting in Village aldermen election
Early voting has begun in the Village of Salado board of aldermen election. Three two-year terms will be decided by the May
Early voting will continue weekdays through May 7 at the Salado Civic Center. Early voting hours are 7:30-4:30 p.m., except on May 7, which is extended to 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Election day on May 11, the polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Salado Civic Center.
Candidates on the ballot are Jeff Brown, Hans Fields, Jeff Ling and Michael McDougal. All the candidates were invited to take part in the Candidate Forum on April 25, but Ling did not participate.
While Ling filed for the race, he has told Mayor Danney McCourt that he wanted to withdraw from the ballot. However, he could not officially withdraw from the ballot because he missed the deadline to do so, so the Village will have to conduct an election in May.
The following is taken from the participating candidates’ brief biographies presented at the beginning of the Candidate Forum.
An audio of the entire hour-long forum will be made available on the newspaper website for those who were unable to attend.
Salado Village Voice will also have a series of questions and answers with the candidates in the May 9 newspaper.
Hans Fields is the current alderman, having served for two years on the board. He and his wife of 54 years Judy have lived in Salado for five-and-a-half years.
He is the current first vice president of the Salado Lions, president of the Salado Historical Society, a graduate of Leadership Salado, a member of the Salado Chamber of Commerce and a volunteer with the Community Emergency Response Team for Salado (CERTS). He also served on the Bell County Board of Health representing Salado, before he was elected alderman.
Michael McDougal moved to Salado in 2005 after retiring from a dual career in education and in the military.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 2002. He holds a doctorate in administrative leadership from University of North Texas. He also taught administrative leadership in Texas and Oklahoma. He was superintendent of Sherman schools.
He is a member of Salado United Methodist Church.
Dr. McDougal serves on the Salado Civic Center board.
Fred Brown and his wife of 38 years moved back to Salado recently.
Brown served as a State Representative from College Station area from 1999 to 2012. During that time, he authored legislation freezing property taxes for homeowners over the age of 65.
Prior to serving in the Texas House, Brown served nine years on the City Council of College Station (1984-1993). Seven of those years, he served as Mayor Pro Tem.
He married Jane in 1974.