Perry: Indictment is abuse of power

AUSTIN — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry vowed Saturday to fight a criminal indictment in a defiant response that showed an old slice of swagger that he’s kept holstered lately while seeking to remake his image for a potential 2016 presidential run.

Grand jury indicts Texas governor

AUSTIN — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption — making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state’s first indicted governor in nearly a century.


Democrat sees land office as ‘bully pulpit’

Denton residents are taking an increasing interest in lower-profile races on the statewide ballot as the fight over the city’s right to regulate oil and gas development enters a new arena.

GOP site selection holds symbolism

WASHINGTON — Elections don’t hinge on the site of a convention.But the choice Republicans make for where to go in 2016, whether Dallas or Cleveland, will be fraught with meaning — for the party’s grassroots...

Hughey has no plans to seek recount

Attorney Harris Hughey has no plans to seek a recount after suffering a narrow defeat to incumbent Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace J.W. Hand in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff election.


Johnson, Hand win re-election; Oglesby defeats Mitchell

Incumbents Paul Johnson and J.W. Hand edge past challengers; Mike Oglesby beats Cynthia Mitchell by wide margin in Tuesday’s local Republican runoff elections.

Runoff vote is last till fall

For the third time in three months, voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to wrap up runoffs from the March 4 primary in local and statewide races.

Election day voting locations

Candidates make one last pitch

Candidates made their campaign pitches to voters one last time Saturday morning during a forum conducted by the Denton County NAACP.

Election day voting locations

On the ballot

Voters will return to the polls on May 27 to decide runoffs in the Republican and Democratic primaries.

Early voting locations


New City Council steps up

Some election night exuberance spilled into the Council Chambers on Tuesday night as a standing-room-only crowd cheered and clapped after Chris Watts took his oath of office as Denton’s new mayor.

Two JP races go to runoffs

Denton County voters will head to the polls one more time this month to put a final stamp on the primary election season.

Early voting locations

Several runoffs on party ballots

Voters will return to the polls on May 27 to decide runoffs in the Republican and Democratic primaries.

Eads to address county GOP women’s club

Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads will be the featured speaker at the May 21 lunch meeting of the Denton Republican Women’s Club.

Watts easily wins 3-way race for mayor

Chris Watts handily defeated Jean Schaake and Donna Woodfork in a race for mayor, capturing about 61 percent of the vote in complete but unofficial returns.

County voters oust several incumbents

Several incumbents in cities across Denton County were defeated in bids for re-election in elections that pushed voter turnout to levels not seen in recent years. Voters generally approved renewal of several sales tax proposals, however, in several towns across the area.

Argyle ISD bond package wins support

Voters in Argyle on Saturday overwhelmingly approved a $45 million school bond package, with 59 percent approving the package in complete but unofficial returns.

Voters head to polls

Voters will go to the polls today to cast ballots in dozens of city and school board races, including hotly contested races for Denton mayor and City Council seats and a $45 million school bond package in Argyle.

Election Day Voting Locations

Election day is Saturday in municipal and school elections. Voters must vote at the location assigned to their precinct. If you do not know your precinct number, visit or call the Denton County elections office at 940-349-3200. Voting hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

7 vie for 3 council spots in Oak Point

Three incumbents are facing four challengers in their bids to hold onto their seats on the Oak Point Town Council. Voters in Oak Point also will decide on a proposition on the ballot on whether to reauthorize a sales tax of one-fourth of 1 percent for street repairs and maintenance.

Local voters to have their say

Denton County residents will head to the polls this week to elect mayors, council members and school trustees as well as consider bond packages and various propositions, including a new municipal development district.

On the ballot

Here are city and school races and propositions that are on the ballot in the May 10 election.

Early voting locations

Four face off for Place 1 seat in Krum

Three open City Council seats in Krum will technically be contested in the upcoming May 10 election, but with two candidates not actively campaigning, Place 1 is the biggest race.

Early Voting Locations

Early voting begins today

Early voting begins today for the May 10 election, which features dozens of city and school races throughout Denton County.

2 names on ballot, only one candidate

For Denton’s Place 6 City Council election, Greg Johnson is racing alone.

Forums yield further insight

Candidate forums wrapped up this week with the last of two public discussions, Thursday night with the Denton Neighborhood Association and Saturday morning with the Denton County chapter of the NAACP.

Two vie for seat on Northlake Town Council

Northlake Town Council member Rena Hardeman is facing challenger Mike McBride in her bid to keep her Place 2 seat in the May 10 election.

District 2 rivals vow to listen

A veteran campaigner and a political newcomer are vying for a Denton City Council seat that represents north- and east-side neighborhoods, as well as a few neighborhoods on the west side of central Denton.

John Ryan, Denton City Council Candidate Video

Glen Farris, Denton City Council Candidate Video

3 stake ground in city’s top race

A spirited race for Denton mayor has three veteran campaigners vying to differentiate themselves to voters.

Jean Schaake, Denton Mayoral Candidate Video

Chris Watts, Denton Mayoral Candidate Video

Donna Woodfork, Denton Mayoral Candidate Video

Bartonville election to fill mayor’s post, 2 other seats

BARTONVILLE — The races for the Bartonville Town Council in the May 10 election have shaped up to be among the most competitive among the smaller cities in Denton County, with six candidates vying for two council seats and the vacant mayor’s position.

Groups back Watts, others

Some local endorsements came through this week for mayoral candidate Chris Watts and other Denton City Council candidates in the May 10 election.

Denton ISD cancels school board elections

The Denton school district has formally canceled the May 10 school board elections since there are no contested races in the district.

Rivals’ views of city vary

Two veteran campaigners have lined up for the race for Place 5 on the Denton City Council, with current District 2 council member Dalton Gregory facing local businesswoman Hatice Salih.

Mayoral hopefuls field questions at forum

More than 150 residents from Robson Ranch and around the city turned out Wednesday night to hear the Denton mayoral candidates in a forum organized by the Robson Ranch Republican Club.

Voter forums being organized

An Austin-area businessman is organizing local voter forums in several Texas cities, in hopes that more people will register to vote in time for local elections.

Close to the vest

Personal financial statements can offer clues to the financial interests of local officials and improve government transparency — that is, if more residents had a clue about how to find them. The little-known and rarely accessed statements contain potentially valuable disclosures from select public officials about their own property holdings, stocks and bonds, outside business interests or employment, even gifts granted to them during their public service.

Personal Financial Statements: City of Denton

Explore this interactive summary of disclosures made for the 2012 calendar year, the most recent information available, by individual council members, the city manager and the city attorney, as required by state law, and the date each was filed. In each category, Y indicates disclosed items in the category, while N indicates none.

Personal Financial Statements: Judges and district attorney

Explore this interactive summary of disclosures and the date each was filed. Those running for re-election were required to file in January; those who were not have until April to update their disclosures.

Personal Financial Statements: Commissioners Court

Explore this interactive summary of disclosures and the date each was filed. Those running for re-election were required to file in January; those who were not have until April to update their disclosures.

Personal Financial Statements: Texas Legislature

Explore this interactive summary of disclosures and the date each was filed. Those running for re-election were required to file in January; those who were not have until April to update their disclosures.