By David Kapitan
The first week of candidate filing for Wills Point ISD School Board and Wills Point City Council positions has been busy, with nearly 10 candidates already entering their names into the 2013 election. The filing period for local elections will run through Friday, March 1.
In the Wills Point City Council election, city voters will elect the position of mayor, and three other council seats (those belonging to Oscar Rogers, John Pope, and Paul Addison).
As of Wednesday morning, former council member Mark Turner has been the only person to submit paperwork to run for the mayor’s position.
In the city council race, five candidates have filed paperwork, including incumbent Oscar Rogers and newcomers Sherry Bailey Walker, Marty Weesner, Scott D. Stevens, and Guy A. Crosby.
Paul Addison, currently serving as mayor pro-tem, has already advised that he would not be seeking another term in office.
As of press time, current mayor Deby Frye and current councilman John Pope have not yet turned in paperwork seeking re-election.
Council positions are selected at-large, with each term lasting two years. Candidate packets for the council election are available at the city office during normal business hours and online at http://cityofwillspoint.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/City-Council-Candidate-Packet-20131.pdf.
The general election, scheduled for May 11, will include the board of trustee positions currently held by Bryan Southard and Paul Sharp.
As of press time, Southard, first elected in 2010, and Sharp, first elected in 2004, have both filed for re-election.
Southard will be challenged for his seat by James Harris, while Sharp is currently running unopposed.
The trustee terms are for three years. Candidate packets are available at the Wills Point ISD Administration Office during normal business hours.