07 30 2014

No New Candidates Enter Race In Week Two Of Local Filing

By David Kapitan
Staff Writer
The rush of candidates to file for Wills Point ISD School Board and Wills Point City Council positions came to a standstill this week, with no new candidates stepping forward to enter the 2013 election. The filing period for local elections will run through Friday, March 1.
School Board
The general election, scheduled for May 11, will include the board of trustee positions for Bryan Southard and Paul Sharp.
Trustee terms are for three years. Candidate packets are available at the Wills Point ISD Administration Office during normal business hours.
As of Tuesday, February 12, Southard, first elected in 2010, and Sharp, first elected in 2004, had both filed for re-election. Southard will be challenged for his seat by James Harris, while Sharp is running unopposed.
City Council
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).
Five candidates had returned paperwork during the first week of filing for council positions, including incumbent Oscar Rogers and newcomers Sherry Bailey Walker, Marty Weesner, Scott D. Stevens, and Guy A. Crosby.
City secretary Carla Oldacre advised on Tuesday that no new candidates had filed, and that Marty Weesner had withdrawn his name from the council race.
To date, former council member Mark Turner had been the only person to submit paperwork to run for the mayor’s position.
Current mayor Deby Frye and current councilman John Pope still have not declared their intent to run for the 2013 election, while Paul Addison has stated that he would not seek another term in office.
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.

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