April election
Filings begin next Tuesday, Dec. 7, for several offices.

Filings for the April 5 municipal elections opened across Texas County.

Candidate filings, which include school boards, municipalities and other political subdivisions, have been shortened by two weeks because of a new state law.

Filings begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday and close at 5 p.m. Dec. 28.

In Houston, four of six members’ terms of the Houston City Council expire. Sheila Walker, Ward II; and Sam Kelley, Ward I, were appointed to the council for terms that expire. The terms of Ward III Alderman Ross Richardson, and Ward I Alderman Kevin Stilley also expire. All are two-year terms.

Two seats on the Houston board of education expire. They are held by Jennifer Scheets and Jeff Gettys. They are three-year terms.

The term of Jim Perry of Cabool on the Texas County Memorial Hospital board of trustees expires. It is a five-year term.

At the Plato School District, the three-year terms of Eric Crews and Robert Murray expire. Voters will also fill a two-year term created with the passing of a board member.

The three-year terms of incumbents Lanny Cline, Benny Bean, Liz ReVelle and Beth McNew expires at Success School, as does the one-year term of Lucas Jones.

At the Raymondville School District, the three-year terms of Jason Hughes and Aaron Scantlin expire. Two unexpired terms created by the resignations of Amanda Evetts (one year) and Doug Swan (two years) also will be filled.

Voters also will select three persons to four-year terms on the Texas County Emergency Services board. It oversees the county 911 system that is funded by a three-eighths cent sales tax. The incumbents are Bill Bridges, Pat Burton and Brad Evans.

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