Filing flurry leaves contests for 3 city races
There’s going to be some “politics” in Rockdale this spring after all.
Incumbent west ward city council member Toby Johnson passed up a re-election bid in that post to file for mayor Monday.
She will be opposed by Collier Perry, who filed for the mayor position on Thursday.
With Friday’s filing deadline looming, all three May 11 city council races are now contested with incumbent east ward city council member Joyce Dalley announcing for re-election to the seat she has held since 2010.
All three RISD school board incumbents have now filed for new terms.
MAYOR—Perry lost the 2010 mayoral election to Larry Jones by a count of 314 to 209. Dr. Jones announced earlier this month that he would not seek a new term.
Perry is a former city council member, having served one term in the 1970s.
Johnson unseated incumbent west ward councilman Tom Fisher three years ago, winning that race 230 to 220.
COUNCIL—East ward incumbent Joyce Dalley announced that she filed for a new term Tuesday.
Dalley is opposed by Robert Lawhon.
A pair of first-time candidates, Trent Wages and Nathan Bland, are seeking the west-ward post being vacated by Johnson.
Under the Rockdale city charter, candidates may not run for two offices at the same time.
City candidates can file through 5 p.m. Friday at City Hall.
RISD INCUMBENTS—All three incumbents have now filed for new terms on the Rockdale ISD school board.
Michelle Lehmkuhl filed on Thursday to return to the Place 3 position she has held since 2007.
And Lee Jenkins, the board’s president and longest-serving member, signed up for his Place 4 position on Monday.
Jenkins was first elected in 2001 and re-elected in 2004, 2007 and 2010.
School board candidates may file through 5:15 p.m. Friday in the Central Administration Building, 520 West Davilla.
THORNDALE—There’s now a contested mayor’s race in Thorndale as city council member, and former mayor, Gerald Niemtschk filed to oppose incumbent Billy Simank.
Incumbent city councilman Don Culp, yet another former Thorndale mayor, has filed for a new term.
Incumbent council member Stephanie Churchman filed for a new term Tuesday.
Filing continues until 5 p.m. Friday at City Hall.
Incumbent school board president David Hall and Kevin Kiesling have filed for the Thorndale ISD school board.
The 2013 race is at-large for three positions. Also expiring are the terms of Brian Fisher and Debra Stolte
Filing ends at 4 p.m. Friday in the superintendent’s office on FM 486.
MILANO—Heading into the final two days, seven incumbents have filed for seven places on the Milano City Council and MISD School Board.
City candidates are Carol Newman, Henry Dykes and David Gunnels Jr.
School candidates are Carl Blake, Dewey Steinbecker, Lynette Taylor and Shawn Walton.
Filing for both races ends at 3 p.m. Friday in the MISD superintendent’s office.