Time to think of elections

April 10, 2013

The election cycle is gearing up once again.

In May, an election will be held to select board members for the Acton Municipal Utility District (AMUD). The last day to register to vote in that election is Thursday.

Two other elections that had been slated for next month – Tolar City Council and the Tolar School Board – have been canceled due to no opposition.

Around the corner, in November, will be elections for the Granbury City Council and Granbury School Board.

Two spots will be on the city ballot: the mayor’s seat and the Place 2 seat held by Tony Allen.

Mayor Rickie Pratt is recovering from a major stroke, but had already stated publicly that he did not intend to run for office again. Mayor Pro Tem Nin Hulett, rumored to be planning a run for mayor, did not respond to a phone message by press time.

Former Mayor David Southern, who was defeated by Pratt, recently told the Hood County News that he is considering seeking the post again.

As for Allen, he said that he likely will seek a second term.

“I’m 70 percent sure I’m going to run,” he said Monday. “I’m looking forward to three more great years to finish some things we got started.”

Three terms expire on the Granbury School Board – Mark Jackson, Wade Railsback and B.J. Wallace. They said they didn’t know about their election plans.

The filing period for the elections will be from July 29 through Aug. 26.

Although the 2014 county elections may seem a long way off, those considering a run for office should perhaps start planning now. The Legislature may decide to move the March primary up a month, to February.

Ten county seats will be on the ballot. The positions are: Precinct 2 and Precinct 4 county commissioner; county clerk; county judge; county court-at-law judge; district clerk; district judge; Precinct 2 and Precinct 3 peace justices; and county treasurer.

Elections Administrator Jenise “Crickett” Miller said that Lloyd “Butch” Barton of Pecan Plantation has filed a treasurer’s report in preparation for a run at the Precinct 2 commissioner seat currently held by Dick Roan.

Roan has stated that he does not intend to seek a third term. He is supporting Barton as his replacement on the court. Steve Berry holds the Precinct 4 position on the court. He said Monday he has not yet decided whether he will run.

AMUD’s election will be Saturday, May 11. Five names will be on the ballot, and voters will be able to vote for up to three of them. The candidates are: John Featherston, Allan Hall, John Tibbs, Ronald Cotton and Don Cleveland.

Cleveland is an incumbent, but Miller said that the Texas Secretary of State prohibits incumbents being denoted on ballots for utility districts.

The first day of early voting for that election will be Monday, April 29. The last day will be Tuesday, May 7. All early voting takes place at Annex 1, 1410 W. Pearl St.

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