Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 6, 2014

Council elections May 10

Seats in GBC, Athens challenged

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — With the filing deadline past, city elections are set in Henderson County’s two largest cities.

Athens has three city council seats up for election, while Gun Barrel City will elect a mayor and two councilmen.

Election day is May 10. Early voting in the municipal and school board elections begins on April 28.  The early voting window closes on May 6.

In the Athens City Council races,  Place 2 City Council member Carol Barton is challenged by Thomas Joe Whatley. In Place 3, Aubrey Jones has filed for another term, and is opposed by Charles Elliott. Place 4 incumbent Elaine Jenkins is opposed by Tres Winn.

Barton, Jones and Jenkins were each re-elected in 2012, after drawing no opposing candidates.

This year, opponents have emerged at a time the city council is involved in a dispute with the Athens Municipal Water Authority.  Athens voters will decide on May 10 whether to dissolve the AMWA, which has been an entity since it was created in 1957.

Whatley is on the AMWA Board of Directors and is a former mayoral candidate. He lost a close race against Mayor Randy Daniel in 2011.  Elliott is a current member of the AMWA board. Winn retired from the Athens Fire Department in 2012, after rising to the rank of assistant chief.

Gun Barrel City Mayor Paul Eaton is seeking another term. James Braswell has also filed in the mayoral race. Each available council seat drew only one candidate. Ron Wyrick has filed for the eastside Place 2 seat. Incumbent westside Place 4 Councilman Dennis Baade is the only candidate for that seat.

The Athens Independent School District can cancel its trustee election. The only candidates to file are the incumbents, Steve McElhaney in Place 2, Alicia Elliott in Place 3 and Eric Smith in Place 5.