Four Denton City Council candidates and all three Denton school district incumbents have submitted applications for places on the ballot during the first two days of filing.
City Council members Jim Engelbrecht and Dalton Gregory have submitted applications for their third runs at the dais. Kevin Roden filed for his second term.
Joey Hawkins made it official Tuesday afternoon, filing his application for a place on the ballot as a City Council candidate.
Hawkins filed other paperwork, which named Virgil Strange as his campaign treasurer, in mid-January.
The three incumbents on the school board whose terms are up for election this May — Glenna Harris, Mia Price and Charles Stafford — have all filed paperwork to run for another three-year term.
Other area schools and cities are expected to see races during the May 11 election.
Mayoral seats are up in Argyle, Aubrey, Copper Canyon, Corinth, Double Oak, Justin, Krum, Oak Point and Shady Shores. Those and other cities will also have council seats up for election.
The last day to register to vote in this election is April 11.
Early voting begins April 29.
In Denton, this will be the first district election since the city drew new lines for those seats in 2011. The districts were redrawn to meet a federal mandate that the districts be about equal in population. But since Texas is subject to the Voting Rights Act, the new boundaries also could not dilute minority voting power and were subject to federal approval.
As a result, District 1 in central and southeastern Denton, which Roden represents, didn’t change much, while District 4 shrunk considerably as District 3 shifted south.
Engelbrecht said he wasn’t sure how that would affect the campaign since, as the representative for District 3, he no longer represents some constituents on the north side and brought in many new constituents on the south side, including residents of the Robson Ranch retirement community.
Other than appointing Arthur Leake as his campaign treasurer, Engelbrecht said he hasn’t done any campaigning. Because of the changes, however, “I have been encouraged to do more, much more, than in the past,” he said.
Similarly, Gregory is mindful of the changes to District 2, having picked up much more of central Denton than before.
District 2 picked up more neighborhoods around Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, but he said the change might affect that district less than the changes in districts 3 and 4.
“A lot of those folks are already embedded in the central part of the city,” Gregory said.
Hawkins, who is running to replace outgoing council member Chris Watts in District 4, has been getting briefs on city projects — “It’s a big learning curve,” he said — and talking to people in the Southridge and Denia neighborhoods.
“I really want to be a voice for them,” Hawkins said.
Denton school district
Harris, the board’s vice president, said the challenges facing the school district are great and parents and stakeholders need someone who is aware of education issues at the local, state and national levels and who is knowledgeable of the truth, real needs and successes of public education. The 60-year-old pediatriciansaidshe is that person.
She said she’s been privileged to represent the school district as a board member since 2007 and she’s “energized” for another term in Place 3.
“I’ve made it a point to keep myself up-to-date on the local, state and national level,” Harris said.
Price, a 57-year-old accounts payable manager and school board president, has served on the Denton school board since 2001.
Stafford has served a total of 15 years on the board. He served from 1988 to 1994 before stepping down and 10 years later, he filed to run again, and has consecutively served in Place 5 since. The 60-year-old real estate agent said he has “strong feelings” about the positive things happening in the district and feels Denton is “in a very good place despite the financial tension.”
“I just feel like I have a lot to offer in terms of experience and knowledge,” Stafford said. “I just want to help the district to move forward, continue to move forward.”
An inquiry to area school districts revealed that Krum school district incumbents Donna Hooper and Doug Willis have also filed to run for another term. The seats on the Krum school board up for election are at-large three-year terms.
Staff writer John D. Harden contributed to this report.
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