Despite stroke, Pruitt files for re-election: In Granbury, candidates file for council, mayor

August 14, 2013

He was down, but he’s not out.

Dick Pruitt, mayor of deCordova, has filed for re-election despite having suffered a major stroke in January, shortly after the same misfortune befell Granbury Mayor Rickie Pratt.

“He’s doing really well,” said City Secretary Sylvia Hickey.

Hickey said that Pruitt is “completely ambulatory,” meaning that he is not bedridden and is able to walk. His memory was never affected by the stroke, she said, and his speech is improving.

Pruitt was deCordova’s first mayor – and he has been its only mayor. He is currently in his sixth term, Hickey said.

The city secretary added that another incumbent also has filed for re-election: Steve Duncan, who holds the Place 4 council chair.

In Granbury, longtime resident Billy Joe “Scooter” Thomas has filed to run for mayor against current Mayor Pro Tem Nin Hulett and former Mayor David Southern.

Tony Allen so far remains unopposed for re-election to his Place 2 seat.

Tom Baker and Rose Myers have each filed for Hulett’s unexpired Place 4 seat.

In Cresson, Ron Pyles of Place 4 and Mayor W.R. “Bob” Cornett (Place 6) have filed for re-election. Charlotte Minor’s Place 2 position also is on the ballot. As yet, she has not filed for re-election.

In the Tolar city elections, no one – not even the incumbents – had filed as of late Monday afternoon. Places on the ballot are Matt Hutsell’s Place 1 seat, Sally Grimes’ Place 2 spot and Lindsay Morgan’s Place 3 position.

No one has filed for the Granbury School Board elections either, according to GISD Public Information Officer Jeff Meador.

On the ballot will be the Place 5 seat held by Wade Railsback, B.J. Wallace’s Place 7 spot and the Place 6 seat that is being vacated by Mark Jackson. He is not seeking re-election.

As yet, the Hood County News has not been informed of any filings for alderman positions in the city of Brazos Bend.

The filing period runs through 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26. Election Day will be Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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