Filing ends for city, school board races in DFW

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Filing for the May 11 city and school board elections closed Friday, with Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price running unopposed and Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck facing a second challenger.

Five of Fort Worth's nine City Council incumbents have opponents. District 9 Councilman Joel Burns drew one -- Oakhurst businessman Graham Brizendine -- just a few hours before the 5 p.m. filing deadline Friday.

Of the five Fort Worth school board seats up for election, three are contested, with three candidates filing Friday.

In Arlington, retired economist Jerry Pikulinski filed Friday to run against Cluck, who already had a challenger in Chris Dobson, a 34-year-old massage therapist studying for a master's degree in public administration at the University of Texas at Arlington. This is Pikulinski's fourth mayoral campaign against Cluck, who's seeking his sixth term.

Three other Arlington council races were contested before Friday. Robert Rivera is the only incumbent who's unopposed.

Fort Worth

District 2, north side: Incumbent Sal Espino vs. former Councilman Jim Lane.

District 4, east/northeast: Incumbent Danny Scarth vs. Porsche salesman Paul Gardner.

District 5, southeast/east: Incumbent Frank Moss vs. longtime broadcaster and nonprofit executive Gyna Bivens. Real estate broker John Tunmire said Thursday that he was withdrawing and supporting Bivens. He has until Monday to officially withdraw or he will appear on the ballot.

District 8, southeast: Incumbent Kelly Allen Gray vs. former Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks.

Unopposed: Mayor Pro Tem W.B. "Zim" Zimmerman, District 3, west side; Jungus Jordan, District 6, far south/southwest; Dennis Shingleton, District 7, west/northwest/far north.

Fort Worth schools

District 1: Incumbent Carlos Vasquez, 45, drew a second challenger Friday -- juvenile probation officer Jacinto A. Ramos, 38. Podiatrist Camille Rodriguez, 44, who lost her bid for a second term to Vasquez, a teacher, in 2008, is seeking to return to the board.

District 8: Construction executive Matthew Avila, 39, and accountant Anael Luebanos, 28, filed Friday to challenge incumbent and real estate agent J.R. Martinez, 46, appointed last spring. The south-side seat was created after the board went to all single-member districts with a new voting map based on 2010 population figures.

District 9: Incumbent Juan Rangel, 65, a marketing/management consultant first elected in 2000, has two challengers -- Ashley E. Paz, 30, an event planner, and Melody Palacios, 57, who listed her occupation as housewife.

Unopposed: Incumbents Norman Robbins, 65, senior manager of community relations at Lockheed Martin, District 7; and pharmacist T.A. Sims, 72, District 4.


Mayor: The 73-year-old Cluck, vice president for medical affairs at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, faces two challengers who have run multiple times. Dobson ran against District 8 at-large incumbent Gene Patrick in 2011 and District 7 at-large incumbent Jimmy Bennett in 2010. Pikulinski, 74, ran against Cluck in 2005, 2007 and 2009 and against Bennett last year.

District 4, west: Kathryn Wilemon, 76, vying for her sixth term, faces Daniel Ross Wood, a 29-year-old technician.

District 5, east-central: Incumbent Lana Wolff, 66, faces the youngest candidate on the ballot in her bid for a sixth term. Christopher McCain, 22, who said he is training to become a second lieutenant in the Army, ran against Wolff in 2011.

District 8, at-large: Michael Glaspie, 66, is seeking his first full two-year term. He won a special election in May to fill the late Patrick's unexpired term. Glaspie will face two challengers, retired city employee Richard Weber, 56, and environmental consultant Joe M. McHaney, 55. Weber ran against Wilemon in 2009 and Patrick in 2007 and former District 6 at-large Councilman Steve McCollum in 2006.

Birdville schools

Place 6 incumbent Ralph Kunkel faces challenger Jeffrey Ritter in the board's only contested race. Birdville district voters will decide whether to approve a $183.2 million bond package to fund security improvements and upgrades to science labs and technology. The proposal also calls for consolidating four elementary schools. Richland would close, and the students would attend the larger Birdville. W.T. Francisco would close, and students would attend David E. Smith.


The city has no contested council races, so it will cancel its election. Mayor David Cook, 41, will serve his second full term after filling the post left vacant by the resignation of Barton Scott in 2008. Brent Newsom, 41, will serve his first full term in Place 2. Newsom filled the seat vacated by Mike Leyman.

Mansfield schools

The school board will have one new face. Karen Marcucci, 38, an administrator at a church, and Dora Watson, 57, filed to run for Place 5 against nine-year veteran Sandra Vatthauer. Vatthauer, 51, who had filed to run for re-election, decided to drop out. "I'm leaving after nine years because we need new blood," said Vatthauer, a petroleum engineer.

Unopposed: Incumbents Raul Gonzalez, 50, and Michael Evans, 46.


One City Council seat is contested. Place 3 incumbent Jerry Allen is facing newcomer Shannan Sutter. Sutter, 41, does billing for hospice care and has lived in Burleson for four years. Allen, 64, works in real estate.


Place 1: Tim Stinneford, senior property manager, vs. Bruce German, self-employed.

Place 3: Linda Martin vs. Darl Easton, both retirees.

Place 4 unexpired term: Real estate agent Linda Eilenfeldt vs. physician Warren Wilson.

Tarrant County College

District 2 Trustee Conrad Heede, District 6 Trustee Gwendolyn Morrison and District 7 Trustee Louise Appleman are unopposed.

Weatherford schools

Voters will decide on a $107.3 million bond proposal, the school district's first since 1999. Projects are aimed at addressing growth and building capacity, security and technology. They include adding a ninth-grade wing to the Weatherford High School campus, buying more security cameras and equipping classrooms with interactive whiteboards.

Staff writers Elizabeth Campbell, Terry Evans, Shirley Jinkins, Amanda Rogers and Diane Smith contributed to this report.

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