Even before a single vote is cast for the upcoming March 4 primary election, another group of candidates is looking ahead to the May 10 election that will determine local city and school positions.
Filing began Wednesday with candidates angling for scores of positions on the ballot this year for the nonpartisan city and school board elections.
Nearly a dozen candidates threw their hats into the ring in the first 24 hours of filing. In the Denton mayor’s race, two candidates followed through on earlier announcements to run for the seat being vacated by Mayor Mark Burroughs, who has reached his term limit. Jean Schaake, 70, an associate dean at the University of North Texas, and Chris Watts, 52, an attorney and real estate manager, both filed for the position on the first day of filing.
District 2 Denton council member Dalton Gregory, 61, a retired elementary school principal, formally filed for the at-large Place 5 seat now held by council member Pete Kamp, who likewise cannot run again because of term limits. Gregory has announced he is resigning his District 2 seat to run. John Ryan, 48, a business owner, filed to run for the District 2 seat being vacated by Gregory.
Denton school trustee Jim Alexander, 67, a Texas Woman’s University professor who has been on the board since 1993, was the first out of the gate in the school elections, filing for re-election to his Place 6 position. The Place 7 position is also up for election this year but no one had filed for that seat by midday Thursday.
No other local school districts reported any candidate filings by midday Thursday, but several cities in Denton County reported candidate filings.
In Cross Roads, Mayor Steve Smith, 41, a loss prevention officer, and Mayor Pro Tem Tony Russo, 75, retired, both filed for re-election.
Double Oak incumbent council member John Maynor, 65, retired, filed for re-election, and Anita Nelson, 60, a self-described homemaker, also filed for a seat on the Double Oak council. The top three vote-getters in the race will fill the three seats up for election.
And in Corinth, council members Joe Harrison, 74, retired, and Lowell Johnson, 54, also retired, have also filed for re-election.
Denton County Elections Administrator Frank Phillips said it’s “just too early to tell” if this year is shaping up to be a busy election year for local school districts and cities. Filing ends Feb. 28.
Here is a rundown of races on the May 10 ballot:
Argyle: Three at-large, 3-year positions.
Aubrey: Two 3-year terms, Places 6 and 7, and one unexpired one-year term for Place 2. The Place 2 incumbent, Annette Crooks, was appointed to the seat in December.
Denton: Two 3-year positions, Places 6 and 7.
Krum: Three at-large, 3-year positions.
Lake Dallas: Two 3-year positions, Places 5 and 6.
Pilot Point: Two 3-year positions, Places 1 and 2.
Ponder: Three 3-year positions, Places 1, 2 and 3.
Sanger: Three 3-year positions, Places 1, 6 and 7.
Argyle: Places 1, 3 and 5
Aubrey: Places 1, 2, 3 and 5
Bartonville: Mayor and Places 2 and 4
Copper Canyon: Three council seats are available for filing.
Corinth: Places 1, 3 and 4
Hickory Creek: Mayor and Places 2 and 4.
Justin: Three council seats are available for filing.
Krugerville: Mayor and Places 2 and 4
Krum: Places 1, 3 and 5
Sanger: Mayor and Places 2 and 4
Lake Dallas: Mayor and Places 2 and 4
Northlake: Places 1, 2 and 3
Pilot Point: Mayor and Places 1, 4 and 6
Shady Shores: Three council seats are available for filing.
Staff writers John D. Harden, Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe and Britney Tabor contributed to this report.
BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.