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Filing has begun for local May elections

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Many local offices will be up for election this spring throughout southern Denton County.

The filing period began on Wednesday, Jan. 17, which was the first day to file an application for a place on the May 5, 2018 General Election ballot.  The last day to file for a place on the ballot is Friday, Feb. 16.

Here is a look at the open seats this May in southern Denton County:


This year, three citizens will be elected to each serve a two-year term as a Councilmember for Places 1, 3 and 5. The incumbents for these positions are Joey Hasty, Jon Donahue and Marla Hawkesworth, respectively.

As of Friday, the only candidate who has filed is challenger Alex Vukasin for Place 1, according to the town website.

The council places are “at-large” and represent the entire community. The terms of office will be from May 2018 to May 2020.

Argyle residents interested in filing an application for a place on the ballot can request an electronic candidate packet by emailing the Town Secretary at:, or by visiting Argyle Town Hall, 308 E. Denton St., between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional information can be found on the Town’s website or 940-464-7273.


The 2018 Bartonville Town Council general election is for mayor and council members Places 2 and 4, each for a term of two years.

Those seats are currently held by: Bill Scherer, mayor; Jaclyn Carrington, Place 2; and Jim Murphy Place 4.

As of Friday, no candidates had filed, according to the town website.

Members are elected “at-large,” each representing the entire community and serve two-year terms.

All candidates for office must be a resident of Bartonville for six months prior to the filing deadline; must be a registered voter at the time of the election (but not required at the time of filing); and be a minimum of 18 years of age.

Applications may be filed at Town Hall, 1941 E. Jeter Rd. in Bartonville. Town Hall office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., however, there may be certain dates during the election period (refer to the town calendar) when the office will be open until 5 p.m.

For more information contact Town Secretary Tammy Dixon, at: 817-693-5280, or

Copper Canyon

Three two-year council terms are up for election, currently held by Valerie Pearson Cannaday, Steven Hill and Bill Castleman.

For more information, either visit Town Hall at 400 Woodland Dr., in Copper Canyon, or contact, or call 940-241-2677.

Double Oak

In May, three council seats will expire, and a special election will be held for a fourth seat.

The seats currently held by Ted Gruenloh, Andrew Wills and Anita Nelson will be up for election as scheduled. Those seats will serve a two-year term.

The special election to replace Council member Stacie Stoehner will be for a one-year term.

As of Friday, Nelson is the only candidate who has filed for any of the seats.

Go to the town website for more information how to file or contact Town Hall at 972-539-9464.  Anyone interested in running for these seats or who may have questions may visit with Town Secretary Charlotte Allen.

Flower Mound

The Flower Mound Town Charter was amended by the voters on November 8, 2016, resulting in a change from two-year to three-year terms, which includes a seven-year transition plan. For the May election, Place 2 will carry a two-year term while Place 4 and the mayor’s seat will be for a three-year term.

The current council member in Place 2 is Bryan Webb and Place 4 is Don McDaniel. The current mayor, Tom Hayden, is not eligible for re-election.

As of Friday, former Council members Steve Dixon and Jean Levenick have filed to run for mayor. Former Planning & Zoning Commissioner Sandeep Sharma and Albert Picardi have filed for Place 2, and McDaniel has announced he is running for a second term in Place 4.

Flower Mound Town Council Members are elected “at-large,” each representing the entire community.

Qualifications to serve on the Town Council are: be 21-years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled; have been a resident of the town for at least one-year prior to the election date; and, hold no other public office, except that of Notary Public or a member of the National Guard, military reserve, or Coast Guard reserve.

Application packets are available from the Town Secretary’s Office, located in Town Hall, 2121 Cross Timbers Rd. For more information, call 972.874.6076 or email:

Highland Village

The City of Highland Village will elect a mayor and three City Council members to Places 2, 4 and 6 to serve two-year terms.

Current mayor and council members are: Charlotte Wilcox, mayor; Michelle Schwolert, Place 2; Barbara Fleming, Place 4; and John McGee, Place 6.

As of Friday, Wilcox and Fleming are the only candidates who have filed, and they are both seeking re-election to the current places on council, according to the city. Schwolert announced that she will not seek another term.

Highland Village is a Home Rule City and operates under a council-manager form of government. All members of Council are elected at-large, under a place system, and serve two-year terms: council members in Places 3, 5, and 7 are elected in odd-numbered years. No person shall serve for more than four consecutive terms on the Council, regardless of place.  A term shall mean a period of time for which a Council member is elected to office, regardless of the number of days served.  No person shall serve his/her full complement of successive terms more than twice during his/her lifetime.

Additional information and candidate packets are available at the Municipal Complex, 1000 Highland Village Rd., or by visiting:


Northlake Town Council Places 1, 2 and 3 — currently held by Jean Young, Mike McBride and Michael Ganz, respectively — expire in May. As of Wednesday, no one has filed for the expiring seats, which carry two-year terms.

Argyle ISD

Two places on the Argyle ISD Board expire in May: Place 5, currently held by Board president Keith White, and Place 4, held by Jeff Day. As of Friday, no applications had been filed, according to the district.

Those interested in a candidate packet should visit the AISD Administration Building, 800 Eagle Drive in Argyle. Questions may be directed to the Superintendent’s office at 940-464-7241.

Denton ISD

The Denton ISD Board will have two seats — Places 1 and 2 — up for election on May 5. Incumbents Barbara Burns, Place 1, and Jeanetta Smith, Place 2, have filed applications for re-election. As of Friday, no opponents have filed. Each seat has a three-year term.

Those interested in filing as a candidate or for further election information should contact Denton ISD at 1307 N. Locust St. in Denton, visit:, or call 940-369-000.

Lewisville ISD

The Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to serve for overlapping terms of three years each. While candidates run for specific places, they do not represent specific geographical areas; rather, each represents Lewisville ISD at large.

This May, Places 1 and 2 will be on the ballot. Current board members are Kronda Thimesch, Place 1, and Trisha Sheffield, Place 2. Thimesch has filed for Place 1, and Sheffield will not seek re-election, according to the district. Allison Lassahn and David Hernandez have filed for Place 2, as of Friday.

Those interested in the school board may contact Jeanne Arnold in the Superintendent’s office, 155 W. Main Street in Lewisville, at 469-948-8022, or visit: or


All elections in Denton County are overseen by the Denton County Elections Administration, 701 Kimberly Dr., Suite A101 in Denton. Questions about early voting via mail (absentee) or in-person, specific voter identification information or restrictions are available at: or by phone at 940-349-3200.

Residents who are not yet registered to vote, must register by April 6; and, the last day to request an absentee ballot is April 25—received in the office, not postmarked.

All voters are required to present an approved form of photo identification; visit: for specifics. Examples of acceptable forms of ID include: driver’s license; election ID certificate; DPS Texas personal ID card; concealed/open-carry handgun license; U.S. Military ID card; U.S. citizenship certificate; or U.S. Passport. All forms of ID may not have expired over 60-days.

Most answers to questions about upcoming elections can be found at:

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