05 25 2015

Filing to open Feb. 29

By David Kapitan
Staff Writer

The nearly month long filing period for two available seats on both the school board and city council will officially open at 8 a.m Jan. 29, and run through 5 p.m. Feb. 28.
In the Wills Point City Council election, voters will elect two council seats in 2014: one belonging to current Mayor pro-tem Mike Jones and the other belonging to Randy Adams.
Jones, who had served on the city council previously, was re-elected for a council seat in 2012 by a wide margin. Adams earned another term by finishing second in the at-large election, ahead of three other challengers.
Jones has already indicated that he will likely seek another term.
Council positions are for two years. Council candidate packets are available during normal busines hours at the city office, 120 N. Fifth St.
Two seats on the Wills Point ISD Board of Trustees, those belonging to Shane King and Dyde Manning III, will also be up for grabs during the 2014 election cycle.
King was first elected in 2008. In 2011, King defeated challenger Stephen Magyar 416 to 134.
Manning, the current board president, was first elected in 2005, and won re-election in both 2008 and 2011. In the most recent election, Manning ran unopposed, picking up 463 votes.
WPISD trustees serve three year terms. Candidate packets are available during normal business hours at the Wills Point ISD Administration Office, 1800 W. South Commerce St.
To be eligible to run for a public office in Texas, a person must be a United States citizen who is at least 18 years of age on the first day the term would begin and has not been determined by a court to be mentally incapacitated or “partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote. He or she cannot have been convicted of a felony and must have lived “continuously in the state for 12 months and in the territory from which the office is elected for six months immediately preceding” the filing date deadline.


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