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Three candidates enter DISD race

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, January 19, 2019
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Four candidates filed Wednesday to fill the two Decatur ISD school board spots on the ballot for the May 4 general election.

But by the end of the day Friday, there were three candidates left.

Wednesday was the first day for candidates to file. The deadline for filing is Feb. 15.

Decatur ISD School Board President and artist Cheri Boyd filed to stay in her Place 2 seat. Financial adviser Jeremy House applied to challenge her, but withdrew his application for the spot Friday.

“After much thought, I’ve reconsidered my candidacy as this is not the right time for me or my family,” House said. “I still plan to be involved in the school district and community to help Decatur reach new heights.”

For the Place 1 spot currently held by two-term incumbent Wade Watson, oil and gas broker Thomas Houchin and Costco regional manager Stan Shults filed.

For the Decatur City Council, Place 2 and Place 6 incumbents Susan Cocanougher and Randy Parker filed. Eddie Allen tossed his hat in the ring for the Place 4 spot currently held by Margaret Doubrava.

At Boyd ISD, incumbent Kenneth Shepherd filed to stay in Place 6.

At Bridgeport ISD, two incumbent school board members filed to keep their places. Duane Sutherland filed to stay in Place 5 and Jim Bost filed for Place 4.

In Bridgeport, Bryson Boyd, the president of Wise County Citizens for Property Rights who worked to get Tier 2 on the ballot filed for city council Place 5. Incumbent Billy Fred Walker also filed to keep his seat in Place 5. Incumbent councilmembers Jimmy Meyers, Place 3, and Bobby Brazier, Place 4, filed this week.

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