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Local ballots settle

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By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe and John D. Harden

Local ballots for the May 10 election are settling in after one area candidate withdrew from a race and no more candidates filed for Denton’s District 2 City Council seat, which had an extended deadline for filing.

Two local businessmen, Glen Farris, 34, and John Ryan, 48, filed soon after the application period opened to replace current District 2 council member Dalton Gregory. Gregory resigned his seat, effective with the canvassing of the May 10 election, to run at-large for Place 5.

No additional candidates filed for District 2 by the Monday deadline.

In the town of Argyle, candidate Justin Davis withdrew his name from the Town Council Place 3 race, leaving incumbent Joan Delashaw, 76, to face retired business owner Eric Lamon, 55.

In Argyle’s Place 5 race, incumbent Marla Hawkesworth, 41, a business owner, is facing airline captain John Tuttini, 64. In Place 1, incumbent Joey Hasty, 38, a pilot, is unopposed.

In Pilot Point, a last-minute filing by Duane Strayhorn, 53, a machine operator, in Place 4 leaves that race contested. Strayhorn will face Elise Rumbo, 37, an inspector.

Three other positions in Pilot Point are uncontested, including Mayor Shea Patterson’s seat. Place 1 candidate Paul Young, 51, a firefighter, and Place 6 candidate C.J. Hillard, 25, also a firefighter, likewise do not have opponents.

In the Denton election, the District 2 race will be on the May 10 ballot along with the other three positions. But only residents living in District 2, which is generally the north and east side with a portion of central Denton included, will be able to vote for a candidate in the single district seat.

All of the city’s registered voters will be eligible to choose candidates in the other races for the at-large races for Places 5 and 6 and for mayor.

Gregory, 61, a retired elementary school principal, will face local businesswoman, Hatice Salih, 55, in the race for Place 5. Incumbent Pete Kamp has reached her term limits.

In Place 6, two business owners, Brendan Carroll, 44, and Gregory Johnson, 45, have filed to replace outgoing council member James King, who is not seeking re-election.

Three candidates filed to replace outgoing Mayor Mark Burroughs: Jean Schaake, 70, an associate dean at the University of North Texas; Chris Watts, 52, an attorney and real estate developer; and radio host Donna Woodfork, 44. Burroughs has also reached his term limit.

Because the District 2 race is considered a special election, the filing period extended later than the Feb. 28 filing deadline for the other city races. The period to apply for a spot on the ballot didn’t open until the City Council actually called the election, according to City Secretary Jennifer Walters.

Texas election law dictates the length of time the application period must be open to give candidates time to file, Walters said. That special deadline for District 2 passed Monday.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.