Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Filing deadline approaches for local offices

Two more candidates have stepped forward in this spring’s city election as the deadline to file for local offices approaches.

Debbie Roberts, who was appointed to the board in December, filed paperwork to seek a full term as alderman for the City of Clarendon, and Trevor Leeper has also filed to run for alderman. They join Sandy Skelton in running for the two positions available on the board this year.

Also on the city ballot, Mayor Larry Hicks is being challenged in his bid for re-election by Alderman Tommy Hill.

The deadline to file for office is this Friday, March 1, and as of Tuesday, only three local governments have attracted enough candidates to hold elections – the City of Clarendon, the City of Howardwick, and the Hedley ISD Board of Trusttees.

The City of Howardwick still leads the candidate count at eight with David P. Cafferata and former alderman Mike Rowland running for mayor; William R. Jordan, Gail Leathers, and Jim Cockerham running for two vacant full terms on the Board of Aldermen; and Alderman Gene Rogers, Cory Longan, former mayor H.L. “Buster” Baird, and Sandy Sanders vying for two unexpired terms.

Hedley School Trustees Bonnie Walsh and James E. Potts are running for re-election and will face challenger Michele McCann for the two positions available.

Clarendon ISD has three seats up on its Board of Trustees this year. Incumbents Robin Ellis and James Shelton are seeking re-election, and Linda Rowland has also thrown her hat into the ring.

As of Tuesday morning, the Donley County Hospital District still had three candidates, one for each of the expiring seats. Incumbents Wayne Tubbs (Place 1) and Melinda McAnear (Place 3) are seeking re-election on the hospital board, which oversees emergency medical services and indigent care in the county. Carey Wann is also seeking the Place 2.

The City of Hedley has three positions open on its Board of Aldermen this year but had no candidates as of Tuesday.

All local offices are elected at-large, but hospital board candidates must sign up for a specific place. Elections will be held Saturday, May 11.

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