Mansfield News

May 5, 2014

Election to decide council, school board seats

Place 6 up for grabs on both boards, while Place 7 incumbents are unopposed.

Local voters will go to the polls Saturday to set the final line-up for the Mansfield City Council and school district.

With two incumbents running unopposed, only one seat -- Place 6 on both boards -- is up for grabs. Suiting up for Saturday’s school board election are incumbent Danny Baas, 42, a Mansfield police officer, and Kory Watkins, 30, who works for a local restaurant. Incumbent Courtney Wilson, 43, co-owner of a local fitness center, is unopposed for a second three-year term in Place 7 on the school board.

In the City Council contest, Wendy Burgess, 43, founder and owner of Auto Doctor in Mansfield, faces two obstacles in her bid for a second three-year term – Kelvin Stroy Sr., the 39-year-old principal of Arlington Workman Junior High School, and Kendall Polk, 44, a surgical technologist. Local business owner Larry Broseh, 59, is unopposed for a fifth three-year term at Place 7 on the council.

Stroy said he has been busy knocking on doors and handing out fliers in the final days of the campaign.

“The reason that I am running for the elected position is to ensure that decisions made by the council adhere to the founding principles stated in the Home Rule Charter and they positively impact the lives of every citizen who lives in the community,” Stroy said in an emailed response to a News-Mirror query. “I think it is important that the council continues to promote economic development, residential growth and maintaining a family-centered community.”

Burgess took has been out shaking hands, she said, adding that she sent out her first mailer last week.

She said her “coolest moment” on the campaign trail was meeting a family who turned out to vote early, including a daughter voting for the first time.

“It is heartwarming to see our young adults taking part in choosing their leaders that shape their future,” Burgess said in an email. “My favorite aspect is having the opportunity to listen to citizens and their dreams for the future of our family-centered small town.”

Polk could not be reached for comment.

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