Two Argyle City Council members are facing challengers in their bids for re-election this year, but a third incumbent did not draw a challenger for the May 10 election.
Place 1 council member Joey Hasty is running unopposed. In Place 3, council member Joan Delashaw is facing engineer Eric Lamon, and in Place 5, council member Marla Hawkesworth is facing pilot John Tutini.
Growth and development are seen as key concerns for the city, and the candidates have their own ideas about how to approach the future.
Early voting is ongoing and continues through Tuesday. Election day is May 10 for a number of nonpartisan city and school district races throughout Denton County.
Voters can cast ballots early at any of more than a dozen locations throughout the county, but must vote on election day at the specific voting location for their precinct. Early voting in Argyle is at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.
A separate election — a runoff for the March 4 Republican primary that includes races for district attorney and the Precinct 5 justice of the peace — is set for May 27. Early voting for that election is set to start May 19.
The Place 3 races pits Delashaw against challenger Lamon.
Delashaw, 77, said the greatest challenges for the council are to maintain slow, controlled growth that will benefit the city while maintaining its uniqueness.
She also said the city will need to extend sewer service to underserved areas without creating a long-term tax burden on residents.
“My goal is to see Argyle continue its efforts to become a united town,” she said in an emailed response to questions from the Denton Record-Chronicle. “I will continue to encourage civility, cooperation and respect among our council, citizens, organizations, businesses, schools, etc. One goal that I hope will become a reality soon is a town park and sports facility for our children and families.”
Delashaw vowed to continue to evaluate each proposed development — residential and commercial — on how it will benefit Argyle.
“I will listen to citizens’ concerns before voting,” she said. “I want to maintain the uniqueness of Argyle by slowly growing, using our comprehensive plan as a guide.”
Lamon, 55, said in an email that the task he sees for city officials is to adhere to fundamentals as they work toward the future.
As the city faces increasing development pressures around and within its borders, Lamon said officials should preserve the Argyle cornerstones of rural character and exemplary schools, maintain the quality of life and craft a financially sustainable plan.
Lamon said Argyle has done well to establish a vision and the City Council needs leadership who will provide the strategic decision-making and strong business acumen to enable that vision.
The Place 5 race pits Hawkesworth against Tutini.
Hawksworth, 41, a business owner, said she is seeking re-election to help the city thrive while maintaining the character that sets it apart from others. She sees controlled growth as a huge challenge for the city.
“We need to be precise in our expectations as developers knock on the doors of our town,” she said in an email. “It is critical that we hear from citizens and that they know we are making decisions based on their ‘majority’ voice within our town.”
Other big challenges are the infrastructure and the maintenance of roads, sewage, signage, buildings and police equipment, she said.
Tutini, 64, is expected to retire from his job as an airline captain in September, and said that will finally leave him enough time to serve the city.
Tutini said Argyle is changing and growing quickly but does not have a lot of big problems — mostly “little stuff” that can be fixed by addressing concerns.
Tutini said that through talking to the public, he has learned that two concerns are that the City Council is reactive rather than proactive and that the council puts the interests of developers before residents.
BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.