Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress
CHEROKEE COUNTY —
Three additional candidates have filed for spots on school boards in Alto and Wells, as of Monday.
This brings the total number of individuals running for local school boards to 15; candidates have through this Friday to file for the May 11 election.
Incumbent Cristin Skinner, who was appointed last May to fill a vacancy on the Alto school board created by his predecessor half-way through a two-year term, has filed for candidacy, bringing the total number of candidates in this year's election to three. \
Incumbents Jay Jones and Lee Pearman filed Jan. 30 as candidates for three-year seats on the board.
In Wells, incumbents Larry Bailey, David Ruby and Danny Colbert, along with Gordon Cole, have tossed their hats into the ring.
Wells ISD has three at-large positions, each a three-year term, up for election.
School district officials in Jacksonville, Bullard, Rusk, Troup and New Summerfield said no additional candidates have filed during the past 10 days.
In Jacksonville, Place 1 incumbent Jeff Horton and Place 2 incumbent Blaine Verhelle are the sole candidates to file for the three-year board positions.
Incumbents Tiffany Kirgan and Michael Roy have filed to participate in the Bullard school board elections. Kirgan is the Place 6 candidate, while Roy will run for Place 7.
Rusk ISD incumbent Tracy Session and candidate Kimberly Beathard have filed for two of the three at-large seats on the local school board. Each spot is for a three-year term.
In Troup, incumbent Johnny Johnson and candidate Tre Cheney are running for the Place 6 seat on the school board, while Kevin Scot Ivy filed for the Place 7 seat. Both places are for 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 made a bid for candidacy.