Johnson files for Place 6

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Commercial real estate developer Greg Johnson has filed for an at-large seat on the Denton City Council, making it a race for Place 6.

Johnson, 45, managing partner of Verus Real Estate Advisors, filed late Thursday. He also filed paperwork naming Marty Rivers to serve as his campaign treasurer.

Johnson, who has lived in Denton since 1993, said that he’s running in part because several people asked him, but also because he feels it’s important that people do their part to help the city.

“We have a special city,” Johnson said. “I feel like we’re on the cusp of tremendous growth, but we need to manage it and make sure we take care of it.”

He has a large family and he wants to make sure the city is a place where his children and grandchildren can live well, he said.

Rivers said he has known Johnson for a long time and worked with him directly on many community projects over the years. He called Johnson’s background in development and real estate, and his history of working with the city staff, an asset.

“He’s got a great heart and the ability to listen to all sides of the equation,” Rivers said.

Johnson will face Brendan Carroll, 44, a technology consultant, in the race.

This spring, all the at-large seats on the City Council are open. Mayor Mark Burroughs and Mayor Pro Tem Pete Kamp, who serves in Place 5, have reached their term limits. Council member James King, currently serving in Place 6, has said he will not run again, although he is eligible under term limits. In addition, the city will hold a special election for District 2.

Although both elections are at large, to be eligible for Place 6, a candidate must live in District 3 or 4, which are generally in the southern and western parts of the city. To be eligible for Place 5, a candidate must live in District 1 or 2, which generally is in the northern and eastern parts of the city.

Council member Dalton Gregory, 61, resigned his District 2 seat, effective with the conclusion of the May 10 election, to run for Place 5. He faces Denton businesswoman Hatice Salih, 55, in the race.

Two local businessmen have filed so far to replace Gregory in District 2: Glen Farris, 34, and John Ryan, 48.

Two others have filed to replace Burroughs as mayor: Jean Schaake, 70, an associate dean at the University of North Texas; and Chris Watts, 52, an attorney and real estate developer.

The last day candidates can file for a place on the ballot is Feb. 28.

Residents who need to register to vote in the May 10 election must do so by April 10.

Early voting begins Monday, April 28.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.


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