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March 3, 2014

Uncontested races result in cancelled elections for area cities, schools

CHEROKEE COUNTY — Several candidates running unopposed for city council or school board seats have found themselves declared to those spots, thanks to state law.

According to Texas Election Code, an election may be canceled if no other candidates have filed opposing a candidate vying for a municipal position; the same holds true for school board candidates.

In Jacksonville, Arron Swink, the sole candidate to file for Dist. 4 seat on the city council, will claim the position and be sworn into office with the victor of a Dist. 2 race in Tuesday's primary, said City Secretary Betty Thompson.

Swink, 28, is a Jacksonville native who attended local schools through fifth grade, then transferred to the Brook Hill School program, graduating from the Bullard school in 2004.

He is a licensed attorney who has practiced law in Jacksonville since 2011, working at Moak & Kesler.

“I wanted to take the opportunity to help the city as it moves forward, because I think we've got a lot of potential in Jacksonville for business growth and tourism,” he said. “I hope to add in some small way to the forward momentum of Jacksonville, continuing to establish the city as one of the premier places to live, work and vacation.”

Thompson said city council members will meet March 11 to discuss cancellation of the Dist. 4 portion of the election.

Similar action will take place in Alto, which has three seats on the city council up for election, along with the mayoral position.

City Secretary Cindy Murphy said each spot drew just one candidate: Incumbents Al Thacker, Randy Selman and Carey Palmer ran unopposed for their seats on the city council, while Jimmy Allen threw his hat into the ring for mayor of Alto.

As a result, a special meeting has been called for 6 p.m. Thursday at city hall, where council members will consider a motion to cancel a municipal election, she said.

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