Ballots begin to take shape as filing deadline nears

As the deadline to file to run as a candidate in several area elections looms, the ballots are still shaping up in local races.
General elections will be held Saturday, May 11.
The deadline for filing as a candidate or as a declared write-in candidate is at 5 p.m. Friday, March 1.
Early voting for the May 2013 election will run from April 29-May 7.The final day to register to vote in the election is April 11.Tarrant Regional Water DistrictIn the race for three available seats on the Tarrant Regional Water District, all three incumbents have filed to run. The district elects board members at large, meaning the three top vote-getters will fill the three places up for election.
Anyone interesting in serving on the TRWD board may contact the administrative office at 817-335-2491 or stop by for information or to pick up a candidate packet.

City of Azle
The ballot remains static at the City of Azle, with Mayor Alan Brundrett defending his seat along with Mayor Pro Tem Bill Jones in Place 3 and Paul Crabtree in Place 4. No one, including incumbent Jeff Wise, has yet filed to run for Place 6, according to city secretary Norma Zenk.
Azle voters will also decide whether to create a Municipal Development District in the portion of the city that lies within Tarrant County. If passed, the measure would create a one-half of one percent sales tax with proceeds going toward economic development within the district.
Candidate packets are available in the office of the City Secretary, located at Azle City Hall, 613 Southeast Parkway in Azle. Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Zenk at 817-444-7101 or email

Azle ISD
In the election for Board of Trustees for the Azle Independent School District, all four incumbents filed early, including Sam Merck in Place 5, Bill Lane in Place 6 and Jeff Edwards in Place 7.
Erik Loeffelholz, who was appointed to fill Place 1 until a special election is held, also has filed already. Regardless of who is elected to the position, the term will expire in May 2014.
Applications for a place on the ballot are available at the Azle ISD offices at 300 Roe Street, Azle, and may be picked up during office hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Town of Lakeside
In the Town of Lakeside, city secretary Debbie McLemore says incumbent Amy Robinson has filed to defend her seat in Place 4, joining Mayor Pat Jacob, who had previously filed to run again.
No one has yet filed to run for Place 5, including incumbent Gaspare LaDuca.
Candidate packets are available at Town Hall, 9830 Confederate Park Road in Lakeside. Questions may be directed to the McLemore at 817-237-1234, ext. 305.

City of Pelican Bay
In Pelican Bay, incumbents Bill Morley in Place 3, Glen Oberg in Place 4 and Robin Finstad in Place 5 have filed to run for re-election. Oberg will face a challenge from Tish Allen.
Those interested in running for a two-year term on the council may pick up a packet at City Hall, 1300 Pelican Circle, in Pelican Bay. Call 817-444-1234 for additional information.