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Timothy Davis for Ward 1 City Council Seat

The local City Council Election is scheduled for November 7, 2017. Early voting begins on October 23rd. Hats off to Timothy Davis for being willing to serve our community of Huntsville, Texas.  

There are two candidates vying for the Ward 1 City Council position in the upcoming election. Newcomer and Huntsville native Timothy Davis vs. sitting Council Member Joe Emmett. Timothy Davis wants “to preserve and protect the local business’, citizens, and properties (residential and downtown), while catering to the inevitable change happening to our city.”

Mr. Davis speaks about Huntsville. “I love the people, the pine trees, and the history of our town and how it has played a major part in our county and state.  Huntsville is uniquely rural and… it is the only place I call home.”

Timothy explains why he wants to serve on the Huntsville City Council. “I want to be apart of the decision making process that benefits this town and the citizens in it, especially in Ward 1.  That ward is full of folks who need a serious and open-minded substantial representative… I want to show this city and specifically Ward 1, what community can do for community.”



Mader Hedspetch for City Council, At-Large Position 3

img_2597There are 7 candidates running for the 4 At-Large Positions in the November 8th Election. It is a nonpartisan race. If you vote a straight party ticket on the ballot, you will miss the nonpartisan local candidates. Please be sure to go to the local section and vote for the candidates you want on the City Council. Our daily lives are strongly affected by the decisions that City Council members make.  Please elect people that you trust to make good decisions on your behalf!

One of the new candidates running for the City Council has Huntsville’s best interests at heart. Mader Hedspetch is a candidate with strong opinions and ideals.  She wants the best for Huntsville!


Mader R. Hedspetch has been a resident of Huntsville her entire life. She graduated from Huntsville High School and Sam Houston State University with a Major in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Psychology.


She has had numerous jobs in her career from a Pre-Trial Officer to a Substitute Teacher.  At present, she is retired, ready and available to serve our unique city of Huntsville, Texas.  Many Huntsville residents know her as a volunteer at the Huntsville Public Library in the Johnnie Jo Dickerson Genealogy Room.


Mader Hedspetch’s goals as a Huntsville City Council Member are to:

  1. Get our citizens involved and interested in the changes and growth of our city.
  2. Let our citizens know that we, as members of their City Council, are wanting to invest in them and their lives.
  3. Improve the quality of life in Huntsville, Texas for all of us.  


She believes, “We are all together in this community and we can work side-by-side with each other without having ‘politics’ interfere in our progress as a city.”   


Mader R. Hedspetch also wants to work to lower our taxes while investing in the citizens of Huntsville. She plans to work at providing more jobs, higher wages and more single family housing in Huntsville.


She notes that we have wonderful parks, beautiful swimming facilities and fields for sports.  As a City Council member, she plans to propose planning for enclosed recreation facilities for our children, as well.


In her own words, Mader says, “I AM a servant, I AM old school.  My word is my bond! I represent the voice of the people who think they have no voice or that their voice is not effective enough to be heard. We need to hear their voices very clearly, as well.” Mader believes that each and every citizen should have a say in what goes on in the City Council. Residents should be able to have a listening, responsive ear to their concerns. She cares and is willing to work hard, learn anything new and be a voice/advocate for ALL of the citizens of Huntsville.

Early voting begins October 24th at the Walker County Annex located at 1301 Sam Houston Avenue and the Veteran’s Museum/Storm Shelter located at 463 State Highway 75 N.
Say Yes to Huntsville! “This article was written by Daiquiri Beebe, the Huntsville Realtor, as a benefit to the community of Huntsville, the place where I love to live.”





Ron Lange for Walker County Hospital District Board

The responsibilities of the Hospital District board, include managing Walker County Tax funds that are set aside for hospital management and to provide hospital services to needy patients who are residents of Walker County.  There are 3 seats available on the board, the 3 candidates who get the most votes will be elected as the managing board members, starting in January. This is a nonpartisan race, so voting a straight party ticket will not allow you to vote for Hospital Board candidates.  You will need to go to the nonpartisan portion of the ballot to vote.


Ron Lange has been a Huntsville resident for 40 years.  He lives here with his wife and raised his 2 children here.  They both attended Huntsville public schools. He owns a business in Huntsville and works as a professional Registered Land Surveyor.


Mr. Lange has been on the Hospital District Board for 14 years. He says, “My desire is to continue to represent the community through the negotiation process and transition to a new owner for Huntsville Memorial Hospital, using my experience and knowledge to seek a buyer with a strong financial footing, a record of good management, and the ability to work with the community, patients, and medical staff, and provide a high level of care for all to include legally-required indigent care, while minimizing the financial burden on our community.”


Mr. Lange explains the most important issue currently facing the Walker County Hospital District Board. “This is a very critical time for the Walker County Hospital District. It is in the middle of negotiating the sale of the most important asset of this community: our citizen-owned Huntsville Memorial Hospital. The District is charged to provide a hospital and indigent health care for Walker County. The most important issue facing the WCHD Board is the sale of the hospital to a viable buyer, while keeping the financial burden on our community as low as possible. The record shows that the WCHD tax rate has remained the same since I have been on the board, even as the cost of health care has escalated, and rural hospitals lose revenue from reduced bargaining power with insurance providers, and downward adjustments to Medicare payments. The negotiations and the decisions that are taking place now and in the near future require knowledge and experience that I have gained in my tenure on the board.


Another issue is the confusion many people have regarding the two boards associated with our hospital. There are two managing boards: the WC Hospital District board members are elected by WC voters, while the Huntsville Memorial Hospital Board is private. The WC Hospital District does NOT run the hospital. The Hospital District leases the hospital building (still citizen-owned at this time) to the Huntsville Memorial Hospital Corporation, which owns the license to operate the hospital; they staff and manage the hospital, and they have their own board. For example, a common misconception is that the WCH District Board makes the decision to treat and accept incarcerated individuals as patients, but in truth, this decision is up to HMH and their board members. As a hospital, HMH is legally required to provide care for individuals that cannot pay, and this is where the WCH District comes in. The District Board approves reimbursement to HMH and doctors for services provided to indigents.”


Early voting begins October 24th at the Walker County Annex located at 1301 Sam Houston Avenue and the Veteran’s Museum/Storm Shelter located at 463 State Highway 75 N.
Say Yes to Huntsville! “This article was written by Daiquiri Beebe, the Huntsville Realtor, as a benefit to the community of Huntsville, the place where I love to live.”

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