Athens Review, Athens, Texas

January 28, 2013

Filing period nears

City, school board seats up for grabs

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Another election cycle gets underway Wednesday when the filing period opens for city and school board elections.

Candidates will have until March 1 to apply for an open mayor and council seat, while the Athens Independent School District has three trustee seats up for election. Election day is May 11.

The Athens municipal seats are held by interim Mayor Jerry Don Vaught and Interim Councilman Monte Montgomery. Vaught slid from his mayor pro-tem spot to the mayor’s chair after the resignation of Randy Daniel in November. Montgomery was chosen to fill Vaught’s council seat.

Three-year terms for Athens School Board trustees Raymond Williams in Place 5,  David Freeman in Place 6 and Bob Spears in Place 7 are up this cycle. Freeman and Spears, who came aboard in 2001, have served longer than any of the other board members. Williams has been a member since 2008. All three were each able to fend off challenges three years ago.

Gun Barrel City will decide three council seats. Terms expire for Rodney Bevil in Place 1, Curtis Webster in Place 3 and Ronny Johnson in Place 5, which is an at-large seat.

Malakoff Mayor Delois Pagitt, and two council members, have terms ending in 2013. Mayor Pro-Tem Tim Trimble and longtime council member Jeanette King are the office holders whose seats are up for election in May.

Brownsboro also has a possible mayor’s race. Incumbent Terry Mills’ term is ending, along with council members Len Vest and Josh Fulgham.

Longtime Caney City Mayor Joe Barron has come to the end of another term.  Council members, whose terms are up, are Mayor Pro-tem Jack Boykin and councilman Ronald Welch.

In Eustace, Mayor Elicia Sanders, Councilman H.A. Graves and Councilman Chris Wood are reaching the end of their terms.