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Candidate slate set for town, school board elections

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decision_15Filing for the upcoming May 9 general election for local school boards as well as city and town elections ended on Feb. 27.

This year, several mayoral seats are on the ballot, including Argyle, Copper Canyon, Double Oak and Highland Village. All four incumbent mayors sought re-election.

The following is a breakdown by community and school district on the individuals who have filed for re-election and election to the open seats:

Argyle:

This year, two residents will be elected at large to serve a two-year term as a council member for Places 2 and 4.

Incumbents for the seats are Kay Teer and Jay Haynes respectively.

Additionally, Peggy Krueger as mayor is up for re-election.

All three filed for re-election to their respective council positions. No challengers filed for any of the three seats.

The Argyle Street Maintenance Sales Tax will be on the ballot as it is expiring in 2015 after the third four-year term of collection of the tax. State Law requires that the local option sales tax be renewed every four years and a proposition will be on the ballot for renewal. The one fourth of one percent sales tax can only be used for the maintenance and repair of Argyle’s streets and roads.

Bartonville:

Three council member seats – Places 1, 3, and 5 – are up for re-election in Bartonville.

Jeff Traylor, who holds the Place 1 seat, filed for re-election to his seat. Jim Foringer, a former council member who is a retired pilot, filed for election to the Place 1 seat.

Clay Sams, who was appointed to the Place 3 seat in 2014, is up for election for the seat this year and has filed for re-election. Ron Robertson, who owns Robertson’s Pools, is a former mayor and council member who has filed for election to the Place 3 seat.

Jim Langford, currently serving as mayor pro tem, is up for re-election in Place 5 and has filed to regain his seat. No one has filed to challenge him in Place 5.

A special election will be held to vote on a proposition for the continuation of the Bartonville Crime Control and Prevention District and the Crime Control Prevention Sales Tax for 20 years.

Copper Canyon:

Two at-large council seats and the mayoral seat are up for re-election in Copper Canyon.

Council members who filed for re-election include mayor pro tem Jeff Mangum and council member Charlie Nicholas.

Mayor Sue Tejml also filed for re-election.

The only contested race is for Nicholas’ seat. Former council member Dave Svatik has filed to run against Nicholas.

Double Oak: **

Double Oak Mayor Mike Donnelly has announced he’ll seek a second consecutive term and third overall term as mayor.

In May, two council seats are also up for election held by Dr. Ara Minassian and Steve Durbin.

Both council members filed for re-election.

Flower Mound:

Three council member seats – Places 1, 3, and 5 – are up for grabs in Flower Mound with two seats being vacated by current council members. All three seats drew two candidates vying for each.

Last year, the town election was cancelled when no challengers filed for the vacant seats – the first time the town has cancelled an election in a number of years.

Michael Walker, a semi-retired benefits counselor who currently serves as deputy mayor pro tem, filed for re-election to his Place 1 seat.

Brian Rountree, a technical instructor, filed for election to the Place 1 seat.

Don McDaniel, who is self-employed and currently serves on the Flower Mound Planning and Zoning Commission, filed for election to the Place 3 seat being vacated by Mark Wise, who announced that he would not be seeking re-election to the council.

Kevin Bryant, a systems administrator, also announced his intention to seek election to the Place 3 seat.

Itamar Gelbman, an alternate on the Flower Mound Planning and Zoning Commission who is self-employed, filed for election to the Place 5 seat.

Carol Kyer, a homemaker and former president of the Lewisville ISD school board of trustees, filed for election to the Place 5 seat.

Jean Levenick announced during a recent town council meeting that she would not be seeking re-election to her Place 5 seat.

Highland Village: **

In Highland Village, all four incumbents up for re-election filed for their current seats on the council.

Mayor Charlotte Wilcox, a Realtor, filed for re-election in a special election for Place 1 for a one-year term.

Also seeking re-election are Mike Lombardo, director of business development, for Place 3; Fred Busche, a teacher, for Place 5; and William “Bill” Meek, who works in the insurance/investment field, for Place 7.

Lewisville ISD:

Places 1 and 2 on the Lewisville ISD’s board of trustees will be up for re-election this year. Three candidates have filed for Place 1 with two vying for the Place 2 seat.

Kathy Duke, 47, a Highland Village resident who works in sales, filed for re-election to her Place 1 seat on the school board.

Kronda Thimesch, who owns Green Meadows Landscaping and lives in Castle Hills, is seeking election to the Place 1 seat.

Mary Smith, who works in the medical field, has filed for election to the Place 1 seat.

Trisha Sheffield, a Lewisville-based copywriter who holds Place 2 on the board and currently serves as board president, filed for re-election to her seat on the board.

Roger Myers, a Highland Village resident who works in law enforcement, has filed for election to the Place 2 seat. Myers submitted notification that he did not intend to run but it was not notarized in time to be removed from the ballot.

 

Argyle ISD:

Two at-large seats on the Argyle ISD board of trustees are up for re-election.

Up for re-election this May are board president Eric Fields and board vice president Spencer Jefferies. Neither filed for re-election.

Candidates who have filed for the at-large seats include: Randal McKeller, a consultant/writer; Matthew Slaton, an entepreneur/consultant; Kellye Baum, a teacher; Jeffrey Day, a physician; Keith White, a certified public accountant; Mark Miracle, an administrator; and Jennifer Timmons, an accountant.

Denton ISD:**

Two seats are open on the Denton ISD school board. Barbara Burns in Place 1 and Dr. Jeanetta Smith in Place 2 are at the end of their three-year terms.

Burns, a retired educator, was elected to the board in 2012. She currently serves as vice president of the board of trustees. Burns has filed for re-election to her seat.

Dr. Jeanetta Smith, also a retired educator, was first appointed to the board in October 2006. She was elected to the board in 2009 and re-elected in 2012. She currently serves as secretary on the board. Smith has filed for re-election to her seat.

** In communities where no challengers to incumbents file for election, the May election is usually canceled. 

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