Pilot Point to elect new mayor; one council seat contested

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One City Council race is contested on the May 10 ballot for Pilot Point elections.

The Place 4 seat has drawn two candidates — Elisa “E” Rumbo and Duane Strayhorn — to fill the seat being vacated by incumbent Shea Dane Patterson, who is running for mayor.

Patterson is uncontested for mayor. Other uncontested races are in Places 1 and 6, where only one candidate filed in each to replace outgoing council members.

In Place 1, Paul Young is running to replace council member Michael Walker, who did not seek re-election. In Place 6, C.J. Hilliard is vying to replace Bobbie Jezek.

Early voting is ongoing and continues through Tuesday at various locations throughout Denton County. In Pilot Point, voters may cast early ballots at the Pilot Point Senior Citizen Center, 310 S. Washington St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.

Mayor

Patterson, 43, the general manager of the family business, Tri Tex Cabinets, is running unopposed for the mayoral seat after two terms as a City Council member.

“I was born and raised in Pilot Point so my heart is here,” she said. “My children go to school here. I live here, my family and family’s business is here and I believe in the community.”

As mayor, she said she hopes to take a more active role in ongoing projects such as a new well project and property maintenance around the city.

Place 1

Young, 51, a firefighter for the city of Lewisville, ran for office once before and still wants to be involved in the city.

Since he’s worked in Lewisville for 27 years, he said he has seen that city suffer growing pains and wants to help Pilot Point better control its growth and infrastructure.

Place 4

Strayhorn, 53, a machine operator who has lived in Pilot Point for 27 years, has never run for political office but said he wants to help the city grow and see if he can help make positive changes in the community.

“I’ve been going to City Council meetings, and I’ve noticed one of the things they are currently working on is revamping the infrastructure of the town, mainly with the water supply and roads,” he said. “I’m pleased with people in office recognizing needs and acting on it. ... If you haven’t got a good water or sewer system or roads, growth will be difficult.”

Rumbo, 38, an inspector, did not return calls for comment on the race.

Place 6

Hilliard, 26, is running unopposed for Place 6 on the City Council to replace Jezek.

A full-time firefighter for Denton and a volunteer for Pilot Point, she said she is interested in helping with current projects.

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @JennaFDuncan.


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