3 races contested on school, city ballots

Nine candidates seek four spots in Milano ISD

A flurry of last-week—even last day—filings has suddenly produced three contested races May 14 for Rockdale voters.

In Milano, there’s a nine-candidate scramble for four school board positions.

R ISD—Henr y Miller f iled Monday just before the 5 p.m. dead line for Place 7 on t he Rockdale ISD school board.

He will oppose Kent Bowermon for the seat being vacated by Lisa Gerthe.

Lin Perry remains unopposed for the Place 6 position where incumbent Barbara Grayson did not seek a new term.

Both city races are now contested.

Gary Darby filed for the west ward seat, opposing incumbent Doug Calame.

And Steve Pruett filed for the east ward. He is opposed by Melody Dawson.

Incumbent Gerri Offield declined to seek a new term.

Early voting begins on May 2.

There is no Rockdale Hospital District election in 2011.

MILANO—Incumbents John Paniagua and Kim Lenz, along with Shawn Walton, Jay Willingham and Edward Westbrook, filed to run at large for two three-year terms on Milano’s school board.

Kevin Love and Carl Blake will face off for Love’s two-year unexpired term.

Terry Malovets is challenged by John A. Yakesch for her one-year unexpired term.

Love and Malovets originally lost bids for the school board last spring and were appointed to fill the open slots when Steve Walker and Lynette Taylor resigned from the board in May.

Taylor and Gary Steinbecker had turned in paperwork to run for the school board, but withdrew their names from the ballot during the past week.

Westbrook resigned from his current seat on the Milano City Council to run for a school board position. His resignation is to be accepted at the council’s March meeting.

His term was not up for re-election in 2011, and the council will appoint a replacement.

The city’s May election will be canceled, as incumbents Carol Newman, David Gunnels Jr. and Henry Dykes have signed up for new terms without opposition.

THORNDALE—There will be a contested race for two seats on the Thorndale ISD board of trustees. Trey Felton will challenge incumbents Larry Joe Fisher and Dean Betak in an at-large school board race for two slots.

Mayor Billy Simank signed up for another term as Thorndale’s mayor. Stephanie Churchman and former Mayor Don Culp will take the place of current councilmen Mike Davenport and Doug Oslick, who did not file for re-election.

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