Local elections now set

August 28, 2013

The filing period for the November school and City Council elections closed at 5 p.m. Monday, with the exception of the special election that will be held for one race.

Candidates vying for the year that remains in Nin Hulett’s unexpired term for the Place 4 position on the Granbury City Council have until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 to file.

Though it is a special election, the race will be determined the same day as the other races – Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Hulett, the mayor pro tem, has filed to run for mayor.

He is being challenged by former Mayor David Southern and longtime Granbury resident Billy Joe “Scooter” Thomas.

Mayor Rickie Pratt is not seeking re-election. He is recovering from a major stroke.

So far, contenders for Hulett’s seat are Tom Baker, Rose Myers and Ken Grey.

Late last week, H-E-B cooking coach Phoenix Van Daele filed to run for the Place 2 seat on the City Council, posing a re-election challenge to Tony Allen.

On Monday, two other candidates filed for that race.

One is John Bratta, a retired educator and mortgage broker; the other is J.T. Winn, who works in facilities maintenance construction.

Van Daele, 34, said he has lived in Granbury since 2004 and wants to “insert more common sense” into some of the decisions made by the City Council.

“I think regulations in Granbury have gotten a little crazy,” he said Monday in citing one of several concerns he has about city government.

Bratta said he decided to run out of a belief that there is a better way for handling high-stakes city business.

“The people need a choice, and I think my direction is responsible government,” he said. “I’ve seen major decisions not covered adequately and seemingly rushed through.”

Due to time constraints, the HCN was unable to contact Winn before going to press to ask about his reasons for entering Granbury city politics.

granbury school board

In the Granbury School Board elections, incumbent Mark Jackson has filed for Place 5 instead of the Place 6 position he currently holds.

Jackson had initially stated that he would not seek re-election because of job-related reasons. After he made that announcement, Robert Lee Carter filed to run for that seat.

On Monday, GISD Public Information Officer Jeff Meador announced that Joe Jones, an Edward Jones financial advisor, also filed for the Place 6 seat.

B.J. Wallace is seeking re-election in Place 7.

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Late Monday morning, Realtor Kay Bailey filed to run for mayor, posing opposition to longtime Mayor Dick Pruitt.

Steve Duncan is unopposed in Place 4.

Kathy Murray has filed for the Place 5 seat being vacated by Richard Reed.

cresson

No city elections will be held for the city of Cresson because none of the incumbents are opposed in their bids for re-election.

Those incumbents are Charlotte Minor (Place 2), Ron Pyles (Place 4) and W.R. “Bob” Cornett (Place 6).

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Incumbents Matt Hutsell of Place 1 and Sally Grimes of Place 2 have filed for re-election.

Newcomer Jamie Gray has filed for Place 3. Incumbent Lindsay Morgan is not seeking re-election.

Even though Gray is unopposed on the ballot along with the incumbents, he will have to be voted in by the voters, which means that an election will have to be held.

brazos bend

All three incumbents – John Adcock, Edward Reiter and Dean White – have filed for re-election as aldermen, according to secretary-treasurer Don Walton. None are opposed.

Brazos Bend will become Stockton Bend, effective Oct. 1.

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