Filing begins for local elections

01/27/2014 9:34 PM

01/27/2014 9:34 PM

Just as surely as daffodils bloom in the spring, so do local elections. Filing for Mansfield school board and City Council seats begins Wednesday and runs through Feb. 28. Both elections will be held May 10.

On the ballot will be Places 6 and 7 in the Mansfield school district, currently held by Danny Baas and Courtney Wilson, both first-term incumbents. Baas, 42, said he plans to file for re-election this week. Wilson, 43, owner of a local fitness center, also said she plans to run .

“I’ve enjoyed doing it,” said Baas, 42, an officer with the Mansfield Police Department. “My original goal was to do it until my youngest was out of high school. He just turned 16. I’ll do it one more term then, if needed, I’ll do it one more. If someone else wants to take it then, I’ll step aside.”

People who want to put their names in the hat for the school board must live within the bounds of the Mansfield school district, be a registered voter and have no criminal background. Applications for school board may be picked up from board of trustees secretary Julie Moye at the administration building, 605 E. Broad St., before 5 p.m. Feb. 28.

Both City Council incumbents up for re-election say they will be on the ballot.

Council members Place 7 Councilman Larry Broseh and Place 6 Wendy Burgess said that despite the strong economic rebound and expansion of parks and other quality-of-life services, more work remains.

Broseh, who has served 12 years in two stints on the council, said he wouldn’t dilly-dally around about filing.

“I’m going to file right up front,” said Broseh, a local business owner. “That way if someone wants to run, they’ll have competition.”

City Secretary Vicki Collins said residents wanting to file for one of the two council seats can pick up a packet of filing documents at City Hall, 1200 E. Broad St. The city charter requires that candidates be a Texas registered voter and a Mansfield resident for at least 12 months before the election.

Local business owner Burgess, who was elected in 2011, will be seeking her second term.

“I am very proud of the accomplishments of the current council,” she said in an email to the News-Mirror. “I look forward to continuing my dedicated service at the council level to make business decisions that will enhance the lives of our citizens, as well as encourage growth in the preferred sectors as identified by all stakeholders in our city.”

Broseh served a three-year term on council Place 6 from 1999-2002, when he was defeated by Marvin Kahlden. Three years later, Broseh won his seat back from Kahlden and has been re-elected twice more.

If re-elected to a fifth term, Broseh said, he would try to increase the city’s focus on even more retail and commercial development.

“We’ve done excellently on industrial and pretty well on retail,” he said. “So I think that for the next couple of years -- we’re still in a growth spurt -- that we have some work to do to finish up on the retail side of it.”

The city’s burgeoning medical district “is still growing at a fantastic rate, he added. “I’d like to be involved to make sure it maintains that fast rate of growth.”

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