Contested races are in the works after the first day of filing for the May 9 elections, with Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck facing at least one challenger in his bid for a seventh two-year term.
First-time candidate Jeff Williams, 55, filed early Wednesday in his campaign to become the city’s next mayor. The long-time community volunteer is president of Graham Associates, a civil engineering firm whose portfolio includes Arlington landmarks such as AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Park at Arlington, the Parks Mall and the River Legacy Living Science Center.
Williams said he is running to help shape the future of Arlington, not to unseat the long-time mayor, whom he considers a friend.
“I feel like I am running for the people of this community. I have a great sense of responsibility here to really include our citizenship and move ahead. We are looking to try to take the city to the next level and seize opportunities,” said Williams.
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Cluck, an obstetrician-gynecologist who now serves as vice president for medical affairs at Texas Health Resources Arlington Memorial Hospital, was first elected to the mayor’s seat in 2003 after serving two terms as the District 4 councilman.
In Fort Worth, Mayor Betsy Price has yet to face any organized opposition in her bid for a third term. She ran unopposed in last year’s election.
Price, 65, said she will focus on transportation and water supplies as she announced her reelection plans Wednesday, joined by several City Council members and community leaders at Marine Park.
“For the last ten years, we have been the fastest growing city in the nation and managing that growth and still keeping the feel of Fort Worth is critical to our success,” she said.
She also cited strengthening neighborhoods as a top priority, referring to her walking, biking and caffeinated town halls as examples of engaging residents.
“You don’t build a great city without building great neighborhoods,” said Price, adding she learned that philosophy from the late Mayor Bob Bolen.
Kelly Allen Gray, representing District 8, and Councilman Danny Scarth in District 4, were the only Fort Worth City Council incumbents with an official opponent by the end of the day Wednesday.
Sharon Mason-Ford, 61, filed for District 8 on Wednesday, but did not return calls seeking comment. A Facebook page in her name says she is “coming to serve the people and community of District 8. A vote for Sharon is a vote for change.”
Gray, 46 and the former executive director of the Riverside Rebuilding Corp., also filed Wednesday, seeking her third term in District 8, which includes the near east side, the city’s homeless district and areas to the south.
Scarth, 53 and the executive director of Hope Media, filed for his sixth term in District 4, which includes part of the east side to Loop 820 and parts of the far north east of I-35.
Filing for local elections is open until Feb. 27.
Arlington City Council: The mayor’s race is the only seat contested so far in Arlington’s election, which also includes the District 3, District 4, District 5 and District 8 seats.
District 4 incumbent Kathryn Wilemon, 77, filed to seek a seventh term and District 8 incumbent Michael Glaspie, 67, filed to seek a second full two-year term. Glaspie was first elected in 2012 to fill the late Gene Patrick’s unexpired term.
Arlington school district: Aaron Reich, the board’s secretary, is seeking re-election in Place 3. He has been a board member since 2009
Gloria Pena has filed for re-election in Place 1. She is the longest-serving board member, having been elected in 2005.
Both Reich and Pena are strong supporters of the district’s ambitious Strategic Plan, which they helped to craft.
Carroll school district: Place 4 Trustee and Board President Read Ballew, 54, filed for re-election. Ballew has served two terms on the board.
Colleyville City Council: Mayor Pro Tem Mike Taylor, 62, filed for re-election of Place 6. Taylor has held that seat since it’s creation in 2006.
Resident Elizabeth Zeitlin, 47, filed for place 5, currently held by Councilman Tom Hart. Zeitlin has become a familiar face at City Council meetings involving her work as a major player in getting residents to sign a petition opposing reconstruction along Glade Road to protect its “rural feel.”
Fort Worth City Council: W.B. “Zim” Zimmerman, 72 and a retired vice president at Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems in Fort Worth, filed to run for his fourth term in District 3, which includes southwest Fort Worth and west Fort Worth.
Gyna Bivens, 60 and the president and executive director of North Texas Leaders and Executives Advocating Diversity, filed for a second term to represent District 5, which extends to far east Fort Worth and up to CentrePort.
Jungus Jordan, 66 and a retired lieutenant colonel from the Air Force who works part time at Cook Children’s Hospital, is seeking his sixth term in District 6, representing the far south and southwest areas of the city.
Dennis Shingleton, 67 and a retired colonel from the Army and also a retired senior associate dean at the University of Texas Health Science Center’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, filed for his third term representing District 7, which includes parts of the far north and west sides of town.
Ann Zadeh, 48 and a former city planner and fulltime councilwoman, is running for her first full term in District 9, which includes downtown, the medical district and the TCU area. She was elected in a special election in June.
Fort Worth school district: Place 2 incumbent Tobi Jackson has filed for re-election. Jackson, 54, a longtime educator, is seeking her second four-year term. She said she is running to continue “the renaissance that’s begun in east Fort Worth schools.”
Place 6 incumbent Ann Sutherland, 75, has filed for re-election seeking her second four-year term. Sutherland, who conducted key legislative research in Sacramento prior to moving to Texas a decade ago, has been an active community leader.
Grapevine City Council: Mayor William D. Tate, 72 and a lifelong resident of Grapevine and a practicing attorney, has filed for reelection. Tate wants to continue to lead what he calls “a unique city.”
Also filing for reelection is Councilwoman Sharroncq Spencer, 66, Place 2.
Haslet City Council: Bob Golden, 70, has filed for reelection as mayor. The retired pilot has been mayor since 2009 and was on the council before that.
Harold Williams, 62, filed to run again for Place 4. Williams, who runs a heating and air-conditioning company, has served on the Council since 2005.
Mansfield City Council: Place 4 City Councilman Darryl Haynes filed for reelection to his fourth three-year term on Wednesday, and his two colleagues — Stephen Lindsey and Cory Hoffman in Place 3 and 5, respectively — have said they intend to file. They all said they want to continue addressing the challenges of serving a growing population.
Roanoke City Council: Kirby Smith, incumbent in Ward 2, filed for reelection. 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.
Southlake City Council: Shawn McCaskill, 43, who currently sits on the planning and zoning commission, filed for Place 2.
Tarrant Regional Water District: In what is expected to be a costly and contentious race for the TRWD board, incumbents Marty Leonard, 78, and Jim Lane, 70, both filed Tuesday seeking their third terms for the two seats up for election this year. Leonard said her focus is on water supply and conservation while Lane said the completion of the $910 million Panther Island project along with finishing the $2.3 billion integrated pipeline project are his two main priorities.
Last year, there were several unsuccessful legal challenges to force TRWD to hold a board election in May 2014, with two declared challengers both receiving more than $75,000 each from Dallas hotelier Monty Bennett even though an election was never held. Bennett is involved in a legal battle with TRWD over a section of the integrated pipeline cutting through his Henderson County ranch in East Texas.
Trophy Club City Council: 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 field for reelection in Place 4. He was elected in November 2014 to fill the unexpired term of Danny Mayer, who resigned last May.
Reporters Shirley Jinkins, Yamil Berard, Bill Hanna, Dustin Dangli, Mark Smith, Sandra Engelland, Marty Sabota, Mark Wright and Robert Cadwallader contributed to this article.
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