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City council, school board races set

By Bob Buckel | Published Wednesday, March 5, 2014

With no contested races on the ballot, four Wise County cities will not be required to hold elections this May.

The cities of Boyd, Chico, Decatur and Runaway Bay have just one candidate for every spot. State law allows them to avoid the expense of an election when no seats are contested – although a few cities will still serve as voting locations for their school districts.

Alvord, Bridgeport, Newark and Rhome all have contested city council races, and six school districts – Alvord, Bridgeport, Boyd, Decatur, Chico and Northwest – have contested races for their boards of trustees.

The Paradise and Slidell school districts hold their elections in the fall.

Early voting runs April 28-May 6 for these entities. The election is Saturday, May 10.

Except in the case of Newark’s special election, the filing period ended Friday.

A few ballots were not complete when the Messenger went to press with its weekend edition, but this summary contains all the updates.

ALVORD CITY COUNCIL

Incumbents Kirk Gibson (place 3) and Jim Enochs (place 5) are unopposed for re-election, but three people are competing for place 4.

Debra McKelvain, Shane Raney and Lenda Barnes all filed for the spot, which opened when Megan Adams opted not to run again.

ALVORD SCHOOL BOARD

Three candidates – Lex Williams, Tracy Barclay Parker and Lance Thweatt – are seeking place 6, the spot vacated last June by the resignation of trustee Randy Hamilton, who had served two years of a three-year term.

Incumbent Jeannette Ward has an opponent in her bid for re-election to place 7 – Charles Neal Matthews.

BOYD CITY COUNCIL

The Boyd City Council doesn’t have a contested race, so they will not have to hold an election May 10.

But they do have a candidate for every spot.

Incumbents Rodney Holmes (place 1) and Gary Brown (place 5) are unopposed in their bids for re-election. Vince Estel is also unopposed for place 3 after incumbent Crystal Keiper opted not to seek re-election.

In place 2, which has been vacant since Rodney Scoggins was elected mayor last spring, Tim Hammonds is unopposed in seeking the one year remaining on that term.

BOYD SCHOOL BOARD

Boyd ISD has one contested race.

Three candidates – Jake Tackett, Mikeul Fite and Cathy Gordon – are seeking place 2, which opened up when Pam Galloway opted not to seek another term.

Incumbent Jana Tate is unopposed for place 3, and Rebecca Parr has no opponent for place 1 after Kim Hudson decided not to seek re-election.

BRIDGEPORT CITY COUNCIL

With Mayor Keith McComis seeking the county judge’s spot, Kathy Kennedy and Corey Lane are on the ballot for that job.

Place 1 incumbent A.Z. Smith drew an opponent, David Correll.

In place 2, Calvin Coursey and Art Velasquez are seeking the spot vacated by Kennedy when she chose to run for mayor.

Jimmy Meyers is unopposed in his bid for re-election to place 3.

BRIDGEPORT SCHOOL BOARD

The Bridgeport ISD Board of Trustees has three candidates for one spot and four for another.

Incumbent Ken Kilpatrick seeks re-election to place 6 while Donald Majka and Scott Hiler are also seeking that position.

Place 7 trustee Marti Hines withdrew from the election at the filing deadline last Friday, leaving challengers Robert Marlett, Steve Stanford, Loretta Hill and Steven Lara to battle for her spot.

CHICO CITY COUNCIL

With two at-large seats open, incumbent Karen Garrison and newcomer Greta McDaniel are assured of election. Incumbent Louise Gossett is the only candidate for a partial term on the council.

CHICO SCHOOL BOARD

Two incumbents are seeking re-election with one opponent each.

G.A. Buckner is opposed in his re-election bid for place 6 by J.D. Coffman, while incumbent Doug Bowyer in place 7 is being challenged by Noel Ruddick.

Decatur school board

With the decision of longtime trustee Alan White not to seek re-election, three men are seeking place 3 on the board: Jim Lamirand, Pete Rivera and Ricky Stutt.

In place 4, incumbent Dr. Jeff Alling is opposed by Charles Ross.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL

Mayor Martin Woodruff and council members Cary Bohn (place 3) and Jay Davidson (place 5) are unopposed in their bids for re-election.

Place 1 council member Dana Clinesmith opted not to seek re-election, and Carmelina Holloway is running unopposed for that spot.

NEWARK CITY COUNCIL

Two special elections are being held after a pair of vacant positions were filled by appointment last year. Filing remains open for mayor and place 4 until March 10.

Mayor Gary Van Wagner is opposed by Darla Loggains in his bid to win the seat to which he was appointed. Mark Wondolowski, so far, is the only candidate for place 4, which was filled by the appointment of Taylor Burton last year.

Place 1 has two candidates vying for the seat now held by Robert Wells, who chose not to seek another term. Monique Murray and Cary Mellema are both signed up to run.

Incumbents Doug Anderson (place 2) and Linda Anderson (Place 3) are unopposed in their re-election efforts.

NORTHWEST SCHOOL BOARD

A pair of incumbents each drew an opponent, and one wide-open race for an empty seat attracted five candidates in the Northwest ISD.

Place 5 trustee Devonna Holland is challenged in her re-election bid by Jerry Burkett, while board president Mel Fuller has opposition from Doug Smith in his bid for re-election to place 7.

Place 6, vacated when trustee Kerry Jones resigned, is sought by Kristi Wade, Edward Mergenthal, Lillian Rauch, Andrew Bennett and Stan Durham.

RHOME CITY COUNCIL

With Mayor Chris Moore stepping down, two candidates are seeking that position.

Current council member Louis Godfrey signed up, along with Mark Lorance. Former mayor David Wilson had filed for the office, but withdrew his application this week.

Two at-large seats are also on the ballot, with incumbents Jo Ann Wilson and Michelle Pittman both seeking re-election. They are challenged by Timothy Robison, Shawn Holliman and Jason Miller.

RUNAWAY BAY CITY COUNCIL

Mayor Robert Ryan drew no opposition, and incumbents Neil Peters and Kay Simmons are the only ones who signed up for the two at-large seats on the ballot.

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