Three candidates are running for mayor in Watauga

Posted Monday, May. 06, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Three challenged seats on the Watauga City Council each have three candidates.

The mayor’s office, left vacant when Harry Jeffries resigned in January, is being sought by Hector Garcia, 73, a retired engineering planner; Joseph Zappavigna, 50, a consultant; and Robert “Bob” Daniel, 74, a retired senior estimating manager.

Early voting ends Tuesday for Saturday’s election.

Place 3 candidates are Andrew Womack, 25, who is self-employed; Tim Nickerson, 49, who works in sales/tech support; and Jo Lynn Haussmann, 61, also self-employed.

Running for Place 5 are Cristy McCauley, 40, a FedEx material handler; Melva Clark, 74, a retired education assistant; and Ricky Knight, 52, a North Richland Hills Police Department detention officer.

A special election ballot includes five home-rule charter amendment propositions.

Proposition 1 would eliminate a requirement that elected officials must resign when they file to seek other elected positions.

Proposition 2 would eliminate the effective resignation of council members who run for other city, state or federal offices.

Proposition 3 would establish regular council sessions at least monthly within the city and allow the mayor and a majority of council members to call special meetings.

Proposition 4 would define the mayor as the city’s chief executive, voting only to break a tie.

Proposition 5 would define the city secretary’s role and duties.

Terry Evans, 817-390-7620 Twitter: @fwstevans

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