Ballots set in area races

Now that the filing deadline has passed, area municipalities and school districts can begin making final arrangements for the May 11 general elections.

A number of available seats have only one candidate, while there is fierce competition for a few.

Although three incumbents are running unopposed for their current seats on the Azle City Council, two people have filed to run for Place 6. Lee Barrett and Damon Bethurum will face off for the seat currently occupied by Jeffrey Wise, who did not file for another term.

Mayor Alan Brundrett, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Jones in Place 3, and incumbent Paul Crabtree in Place 4 are each unopposed in their bids for reelection.

In a special election, Azle voters will also decide whether to adopt a 1/2 of one percent sales tax to fund a Municipal Development District in the portion of the city that lies in Tarrant County.

The Board of Trustees for the Azle Independent School District will remain status quo except for Place 1, for which there are five candidates.

Longtime members and incumbents Sam Merck in Place 5, Bill Lane in Place 6, and Jeff Edwards in Place 7 are running unopposed.

Former board member Erik Loeffelholz was appointed to fill the Place 1 seat vacated by Moses Druxman in January, but only until a special election could be held in May.

Loeffelholz was first to sign up to run for the remaining year in the term. Soon, though, Clifton McDonnell and Thomas W. Kinser filed to run against him.

As the filing deadline neared, two new challengers surfaced: Bernadette Roquemore and Warren Smith.

In the Town of Lakeside, Mayor Pat Jacob and council member Place 4 Amy Robinson are each running for their respective seats unopposed.

However, the incumbent in Place 5, Gaspare LaDuca, did not file to defend his seat.

A three-man race for that seat is underway, with Charles Hamilton, Richard Dennis, and Bill Mohr vying for Place 5.

Lakeside’s Town Council Friday called a special election, as well. Voters will decide whether to adopt a 1/4 of one percent sales and use tax to offset property tax; a 1/2 of one percent sales and use tax for the benefit of a Texas Development Corporation in the town; and a 1/4 of one percent sales and use tax for street maintenance and repairs.

The proposition is all-inclusive. In other words, voters will give a thumbs up or down to the entire package, thereby raising the town’s total sales and use tax by one percent – or not.

Sales and use taxes are collected by businesses located within the town when sales are made, and the citizens of the town will not be the only ones paying the tax – they’ll get help from anyone, regardless of residency, who eats at a restaurant, buys gas, or other goods within the town.

In the race for three available seats on the Tarrant Regional Water District Board of Directors, all three incumbents have filed to run, along with four challengers.

The district elects board members at large, meaning the three top vote getters will fill the three places up for election.

Candidates are John Austin Basham, incumbent Vic Henderson, Dwayne Herring, Mary Kelleher, Timothy Nold, incumbent Hal S. Sparks III, and incumbent Jack R. Stevens.

In Pelican Bay, incumbent Bill Morley in Place 3 will face off against Sabrina Swaim.

Incumbent in Place 4 Glen Oberg faces a challenge from Tish Allen.

In the race for Place 5, incumbent Robin Finstad has two opponents: Joe Bologna and Marshal Daniel.

Early voting for the May 2013 general election will run from April 29-May 7.

Election Day is Saturday, May 11.