Many seats are up for grabs in area city council and school district seats, and several candidates wasted no time getting in the race as they filed last week to run in the May 9 elections.
First to file for city council seats were candidates in Keller, Haslet, Roanoke and Trophy Club.
In Keller, City Council Place 1 and Place 2, currently held by Debbie Bryan and Armin Mizani, respectively, are up for election.
Bryan, 47, filed for reelection on Thursday. She has held the seat since May 2013 and lived in Keller for 12 years.
Stephanie Setzer, 43, also filed for Place 1. She has lived in Keller for four years.
As of Friday, no one had filed for Place 2.
Bob Golden, 70, has filed for re-election as mayor. The 70-year-old retired pilot has been mayor since 2009 and was on the council before that.
Harold Williams, 62, has filed to run again for Place 4. Williams, who runs a heating and air-conditioning company, has served on the Council since 2005.
In Roanoke, the mayor and one seat each in Ward 1, 2 and 3 are up for election.
On Wednesday, Kirby Smith, incumbent in Ward 2, filed for re-election. Smith, 47, has been a councilman since running unopposed in a special election in 2010.
Dion Jones, 46, incumbent in Ward 3 since 2012, also filed Wednesday.
Mayor Carl “Scooter” Gierisch, 48, filed Thursday. Gierisch has been mayor since 2005 and was a city councilman from 1995-97 and 1999-2005.
Rhylan Rowe, 34, an Internet business executive, has filed for Place 3. An incumbent, Rowe was elected in May 2014 to fill the unexpired term of former Councilman Clint Schroeder.
Timothy Kurtz, 47, a health club owner, has filed for re-election in Place 4. He was elected in November 2014 to fill the unexpired term of Danny Mayer, who resigned last May.
In Westlake, three Town Council seats, currently held by Wayne Stoltenberg, Carol Langdon and Rick Rennhack, are up for election. No one had filed as of Friday.
Two places on the Keller school board are on the ballot.
Incumbent Brad Schofield filed Friday for reelection to Place 6. Schofield, 50, a certified public accountant, was first elected in 2012. David Gerda, 52, owner of a Keller automotive service business, filed Thursday for Place 6. Gerda served as the co-chair for the “Vote Yes for Keller Schools” committee in the recent school bond election.
Place 7 Trustee Ruthie Keyes filed for re-election Wednesday. Keyes, 60, who retired from teaching in Keller schools, is completing her first term.
—Staff writer Sandra Engelland and correspondent Mark Wright contributed to this report.
Mark David Smith, 817-390-7808