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May election slates set

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Many local offices will be up for election this spring throughout southern Denton County, and the ballots are set.

The filing period began on Jan. 16 and ended Feb. 15, and the deadline to withdraw from the race was Feb. 22.

Below is a look at the open seats this May in southern Denton County. All the information came from the town/district’s website, town secretary or district spokesperson.

Argyle

This year, three citizens will be elected to each serve a two-year term as Mayor and Council members for Places 2 and 4. The incumbents for these positions are Donald Moser, Ronald Schmidt and Cynthia Hermann, respectively. Hermann was just appointed last month to replace Todd Mankin, who resigned.

All of the incumbents filed for re-election, Shane Campbell will challenge Schmidt for Place 2 and Chet Schrader filed for Place 4.

The council places are “at-large” and represent the entire community. The terms of office will be from May 2019 to May 2021.

Bartonville

The 2019 Bartonville Town Council general election is for Council members for Place 1, 3 and 5, each for a term of two years. Those seats are currently held by Jeff Traylor, Clay Sams and Josh Phillips, respectively.

All the incumbents filed to run again, and two challengers also filed. Sherry Pound will run in Place 1, and Cary Allcorn will run in Place 5.

Bridget Melson filed to run for the vacant Place 4 seat that was occupied by Mayor Pro Tem Jim Murphy, who stepped down in March.

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

Copper Canyon

The mayor’s and Place 2 and 4 council seats are up for election, currently held by Sue Tejml, Jeff Mangum and Dave Svatik, respectively. The seats expire in two years.

All the incumbents filed for re-election, and several challengers stepped up. Former Bartonville mayor Ron Robertson filed to run for mayor, Theodore Stranczek is running for Place 2 while Robin Davis and Karla Hohenberger are vying for Place 4.

However, just before the deadline to withdraw from the race, Svatik withdrew his name from the list of candidates, leaving Davis and Hohenberger in the hunt for Place 4.

Double Oak

In May, the mayor’s seat and two Council member seats will expire. They are currently held by Mike Donnelly, Scott Whisenhunt and Ginger Brittain, respectively.

Only the incumbents filed to run for the expiring seats.

Flower Mound

Flower Mound voters will elect two Council members to three-year terms in Place 1 and 3. Those seats are currently held by Jason Webb and Kevin Bryant. Webb chose to not run again, and Bryant is term-limited, so two new faces will occupy their seats in May.

Place 1 has three candidates: Laile Neal, Laura Ella Dillon and Jim Pierson. Two people — Mike Wallace and Ben Bumgarner — filed for Place 3. Dillon and Bumgarner had actually applied in the opposite places, and then late in the process, they withdrew their original applications and applied in the other ones.

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

Highland Village

The City of Highland Village will elect three City Council members to Place 3, 5 and 7. The current Council members in those seats are Mike Lombardo, Fred Busche and Daniel Jaworski.

Lombardo and Jaworski filed for re-election, and Tom Heslep filed to run for Place 5.

All members of Council are elected at-large, under a place system, and serve two-year terms.

Northlake

The mayor and Council members for Place 4 and 5 are up for election this May. Those seats are currently held by Pete Dewing, Roger Sessions and Danny Simpson, respectively.

All the incumbents filed, and three challengers also joined the race. David Rettig and Earl “Bo” Roberts filed to challenge Dewing for mayor, and Bill Moore filed to challenge Sessions.

However, Dewing, Roberts and Moore all withdrew their applications, leaving one candidate in each race: Rettig for mayor, Sessions for Place 4 and Simpson for Place 5. The Northlake election is canceled.

Argyle ISD

Two places on the Argyle ISD Board expire in May: Place 6, currently held by Brad Lowry, and Place 7, currently held by Jeff Williams.

The incumbents filed for re-election, and Tom Irwin is challenging Williams for Place 7.

Denton ISD

The Denton ISD Board will have three seats — Places 3, 4 and 5 — up for election on May 4. Those seats are currently held by Doug Chadwick, Mia Price and Charles Stafford. Each seat has a three-year term.

The incumbents filed for re-election and one challenger, Jennifer Collins, filed for Place 5. However, Collins later withdrew her application, so Denton ISD is canceling the election.

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 3, 4 and 5 will be on the ballot. Those seats are currently held by Angie Cox, Katherine Sells and Jenny Proznik, respectively.

The incumbents filed to run for the expiring seats, and challenger Jacob Collier filed for Place 4.

Northwest ISD

Places 3 and 4 are expiring in May on the Northwest ISD Board of Trustees. Those seats are currently held by Anne Davis-Simpson, the board’s vice president, and Judy Copp, the board’s president, respectively. Each term will last three years.

Only the incumbents filed to run for re-election, and the general election was canceled. However, on Feb. 21, the board accepted the resignation of Place 1 Member Josh Wright, who is moving to Austin for a new job. The board approved a special election to fill Wright’s seat. Applications will be accepted through March 4. The term ends in May 2021.

Voting

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: elections@dentoncounty.com or by phone at 940-349-3200.

Residents who are not yet registered to vote, must register by April 4; 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: www.votetexas.gov 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: www.votedenton.com.

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