Thorndale ‘hot spot’ for May elections
Like the last few days of Texas weather, South Milam County politics can vary between quite warm and ice cold in the blink of an eye. Or in 12 miles.
Friday was the filing deadline for May 10 balloting. There are no races in any of the three Rockdale entities and elections will be canceled.
Just down the road in Thorndale there’s a seven person race for two school board positions and a four-man scramble for three city council seats.
ROCKDALE—Seven incumbents, and one newcomer seeking to fill a vacancy, are in the eight spots up for grabs this year in Rockdale as follows:
City council—Incumbents Doug Calame and Leroy Phillips, who filed Friday.
School board—Incumbents Lin Perry and Kent Bowermon.
Hospital board— Incumbents Carl Hudson (president), Terry Browning and Dennis Brooks. Tom Loth will fill the position recently vacated by Mike Vance.
THORNDALE—In Thorndale, three persons filed for school board in the final two days before the deadline.
Incumbent Trey Felton and Chad Lenz signed up on Friday, while Kimberly Biar filed Thursday.
They join incumbent Dean Betak, former Thorndale High School Principal Henry Laywell, Scotty Schaefer and Heath Cargill in a seven-person chase for two at-large seats.
It’s a four-person race for three at-large seats on the Thorndale City Council with incumbents Gerald Niemtschk, Sam Pickett and George Galbreath are challenged by Allen Hejl.
MILANO—Like Rockdale, there will be no May 10 races in Milano.
Mayor Billy Barnett and councilman Jerry Hall will serve new terms on the Milano City Council.
MISD Board President Edward Westbrook and trustee Jay Willingham will get new terms on the school board.
Gause ISD elections are in November at the time of the general election.