UPDATE 5:30 p.m. Wednesday: This story has been update to reflect the delayed start time for Saturday's candidate forum, now scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.
The runoff election for Denton City Council is fast approaching, leaving voters on Denton’s west side little time to consider their choice for District 3.
The election is June 10. Voters with summer travel plans must apply for an absentee ballot by Tuesday, May 30. In-person early voting also begins that day and continues through Tuesday, June 6 (except Sunday.)
The runoff follows the May 6 election that saw three candidates — Jason Cole, Don Duff and Paul Meltzer — vying to replace Kathleen Wazny in District 3. No one received enough votes to win outright. Wazny will serve another month as the top two vote-getters, Duff and Meltzer, face each other in a runoff.
The race for District 3 proved expensive. Cole had raised the most by far, and kept enough in his war chest for a runoff or to seed another campaign. But neither Duff nor Meltzer went into the second round with much remaining cash.
Duff had less than $500 on hand heading into the final days of the first campaign. Meltzer had just over $1,000.
The compressed campaign schedule leaves little room for either candidate to raise money and send out mailings. Both are working their ground game, mobilizing volunteers and knocking on doors to remind westside voters they have not picked their City Council representative yet.
A map tool on the city's website helps voters check whether their home is in District 3.
So far, there’s just one opportunity to see the two candidates together before early voting begins. The local chapters of the NAACP and the League of United Latin American Citizens organized a forum set for Saturday, May 27. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Denton Public Safety Training Center, 719 E. Hickory St.
Most of the remaining campaign appearances will be at Robson Ranch, a retirement community on Denton's southwest side. However, Meltzer will meet with voters Saturday night at a neighborhood bar near the University of North Texas. Here's the schedule:
*2 to 4 p.m. — meet-and-greet with Duff at the home of Gayle Coe and Paula Bull, 12008 Lockhart Court
*6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — a City Council agenda discussion with Meltzer at Lucky Lou’s, 1207 W. Hickory St.
*3 to 5 p.m. — afternoon tea and candidate Q&A with Meltzer at Ramada Covered Pavilion, Robson Ranch Sports Center, 9416 Ed Robson Blvd.
Saturday, May 27
*2 p.m. to 4 p.m. — meet-and-greet with Duff at home of John and Yrene Gannon, 9816 Callaway Court
The only early voting location in Denton is at the Denton County Elections Administration, 701 Kimberly Drive. Since Lewisville, Little Elm and Frisco also have runoff elections, the elections administration has early voting locations in those cities as well.
Early voting begins Tuesday, May 30, and runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday, June 2.
Extended hours for early voting are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, June 5, and Tuesday, June 6.
On June 10, election day voting will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at North Lakes Recreation Center, 2001 W. Windsor Drive.
More information on early voting and election day voting can be found at votedenton.com.
PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881.