The election is on. The Mansfield City Council and school district will hold elections May 10 with one seat up for grabs in each race.
Two candidates filed for City Councilwoman Wendy Burgess’s Place 6 seat late last week, including one in the closing moments of the filing period that ended Friday.
Place 7 Councilman Larry Broseh, who has served 12 years on the council, is unopposed.
If no challengers had emerged, the city could have canceled its plans for an election under state law – just as it did with the 2013 election.
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Burgess, 43, an area business owner who is seeking her second three-year term, faces challenges from Kelvin Stroy Sr., 39, principal of Arlington Workman Junior High School, and Kendall Polk, 45, a surgical technologist.
Stroy has lived in Mansfield since 2001 and started his education career in the Mansfield school district in 1998, teaching at Howard Middle School.
“We’ve seen this city grow from what it once was,” Stroy said. “At one point, it was a one-high-school town, and now it’s a five-high-school town. My desire is to assure that we adhere to the standards the city was founded on and serve the people in the community.”
Stroy said he considered running for council when he first moved to Mansfield and several times afterward.
“It’s just that my schedule and timing didn’t,” he said.
Now his schedule is easing a bit, he said, partly because his pursuit of a doctorate degree in leadership and policy studies at the University of Texas at Arlington will conclude with graduation services in May.
“I thought it was the best opportunity for me now to pursue a council position,” Stroy said.
Polk, who also ran for council in 2012, and Burgess could not be reached for comment after the filing period ended. Burgess said in a statement after she filed last month that she was looking “forward to continuing my dedicated service at the council level to make business decisions that will enhance the lives of our citizens.”
On the Mansfield school board, Kory Watkins, 30, will take on Danny Baas, 42, who is seeking re-election for a second three-year term in Place 6. Watkins, a bartender and certified trainer, has said that he would like to arm teachers with guns to keep students safe. Baas, an officer with the Mansfield Police Department, says he isn’t convinced that is a good idea.
Local business owner Courtney Lackey Wilson, 43, is unopposed in her bid for a second term in Place 7.