School and city ballots contested

Full slate file on hospital board; deadline Monday

There are now contested school board and city council races on Rockdale’s May 12 ballots after a busy week of filing.

Monday is the deadline in what has turned into an active filing season which has now seen no less than three former elected officials come back to seek new terms, two of them in other jurisdictions.

The latest is Gerri Offield, former city council member, who has signed up for a term on the Rockdale Hospital District board.

Offield is seeking the Place 2 east ward seat being vacated by Dr. Lucile Estell, who told The Reporter on Tuesday she would not seek re-election to the position she has held for 12 years.

Also filing for new terms on the hospital board were incumbents Karolyn Puccio (Place 4, west ward) and Dick Burns (at large).

CONTESTS—Troy Zinn filed Friday for Place 2 on the Rockdale ISD School Board.

He will oppose Dr. Fannie Lovelady- Spain, a former city council member. They are seeking the Place 2 position being vacated by Wayne Fisher.

Place 1 incumbent Mike Pruett has filed for re-election.

On the Rockdale city ballot, former west ward city councilman Tom Fisher is opposed by Colby Fisher.

That’s another seat being vacated by an incumbent. Allan Miller has indicated he will not seek another term in 2012.

Prospective candidates have until the close of business hours Monday to file. City candidates may file weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Hall.

Rockdale ISD school board candidates can file weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (4 p.m. on Fridays) at the Central Administration Building.

Hospital board candidates may obtain a filing form in the lobby of Richards Memorial Hospital.

MILANO—There are now six candidates seeking four positions on the Milano School Board.

Incumbents Alden Crowe and John Yakesch have filed for new three-year terms. They are opposed by Gary Steinbecker in what is currently a three-person race for two positions.

Dewey Steinbecker, who was recently appointed to the school board to replace Margaret Plentl, who resigned, has now filed for re-election of that one-year unexpired term.

In a race for a separate oneyear unexpired term, the can- didates are incumbent Lynette Taylor and Danice Hurt.

Mayor Billy Barnett and city councilman Jerry Hall are seeking new city council terms.

THORNDALE—George Galbreath filed for the Thorndale City Council on Monday, joining incumbent Gerald Niemtschk on the ballot. Other terms expiring in 2012 are those of Jack Willis and Sam Pickett.

Incumbents Dave Denny and Ann Glenn remain the only two candidates on the Thorndale School Board ballot.

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