Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

February 18, 2013

More hats tossed into area school board rings

Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — As of noon Friday, four new candidates have filed applications to run for school board seats in their respective school districts. This brings the total number to 12 since the beginning of the filing period on Jan. 30 for Texas school and government elections.

Candidates have through March 1 to file for the May 7 election.

In Troup, candidate Tre Cheney filed for the Place 6 seat on the school board, while Kevin Scot Ivy filed for the Place 7 seat. Incumbent Johnny Johnson was the first to file for his Place 6 position, having done so on opening day. Both seats are with three-year terms.

Two at-large spots on the New Summerfield ISD board of trustees – both for three-year terms – are open for re-election. Only James Neeley has placed his bid since the filing period began Jan. 30.

Rusk ISD also reported a lone candidate putting her name in the hat during the second week of the filing period: Kimberly Beathard. Both she and incumbent Tracy Session are running for two of three at-large seats on the school board, each hoping to serve a three-year term.

Neither Alto, Bullard nor Jacksonville report new candidate filings.

The Alto district has a total of three spots up for re-election in 2013: Two 3-year terms are currently held by Jay Jones and Lee Pearman, and a 2-year term to which Crispin Skinner was appointed also is up for election. Jones and Pearman filed for candidacy on Jan. 30.

In Bullard, only incumbents Tiffany Kirgan and Michael Roy have filed to participate in the May elections. Kirgan, the Place 6 trustee, and Roy, the Place 7 trustee, also filed for candidacy on Jan. 30.

In Jacksonville, Place 1 incumbent Jeff Horton and Place 2 incumbent Blaine Verhelle are the only two to file for the three-year positions so far.

No filings have been reported for Wells ISD, which has three at-large seats up for election this year. Each is for a three-year term.