Denton City Council member Sara Bagheri announced Thursday night on Facebook she would not seek re-election when her term ends in May.
On Friday morning, Paul Meltzer announced he would run for her Place 6 seat in May. Meltzer ran for City Council this year and lost by a narrow margin to Don Duff in District 3.
By early Friday afternoon, longtime Denton businessman Frank Dudowicz announced that he, too, would run for Place 6. A former city planning and zoning commissioner, Dudowicz filed campaign paperwork naming Randy Robinson as his campaign treasurer.
The filing period for candidates to apply for the May 6 ballot does not open until January. However, candidates can begin campaigning with the naming of a campaign treasurer.
The terms are up for three Denton City Council members in May — the mayor, Bagheri's seat and Place 5, currently held by Dalton Gregory.
Places 5 and 6 are elected at large, which means voters in all parts of Denton can cast a ballot in those races. However, the city charter specifies that Place 5 candidates live in District 1 or 2, while candidates for Place 6 must live in District 3 or 4.
Meltzer kept his campaign warchest open. Denton resident Karen DeVinney serves as his campaign treasurer.
In deciding not to run again, Bagheri cited a need to renew her focus on her health, family and work. Bagheri is a practicing attorney in a small Denton firm.
"I feel we have turned the very big ship that is City Hall, and the promise of transparency and accountability is finally beginning to take hold in the culture and practice at 215 E. McKinney St., thanks to new management and an almost complete overhaul of critical staff," she wrote on her Facebook page Thursday evening. "To say it has been a challenge is an understatement."
PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881.