And the race is on. Kory Watkins, 30, filed last week for Place 6 on the Mansfield school board, opposing incumbent Danny Baas, 42, who filed for re-election the first week applications were accepted.
Wakins, a bartender and certified trainer, says he hopes to be a good influence on the school board, teachers and police.
“I think we should start arming our teachers, just like the Argyle ISD has done,” Watkins said. “If we’re giving these teachers our children, we should trust them.”
Watkins ran for Precinct 2360 chair for the Republican Party in 2012, losing by 17 votes. He is running for the position again this year.
Baas, a local police officer, is seeking his second three-year term.
Courtney Wilson, 43, who owns a local fitness center, also filed for re-election for her second three-year term in Place 7 on the Mansfield school board.
On the City Council, incumbents Wendy Burgess, 43, and Larry Broseh, 59, both local business owners, have filed for re-election to the Place 6 and Place 7 seats. Burgess is seeking a second three-year term, while Broseh is looking for a fifth term.
Both elections are set for May 10. If no one files in opposition of the council incumbents, that election would be canceled.
Deadline to file for the City Council or Mansfield school board race is 5 p.m. Feb. 28.
City Council candidates can file for the two available seats on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Hall, 1200 E. Broad St. Packets of election-filing documents for candidates are available in the city secretary’s office.
Mansfield school board hopefuls can pick up application packets between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. from board of trustees secretary Julie Moye at the school administration building, 605 E. Broad St.