Sherman voters will elect at least one new face to the City Council during the Nov. 7 municipal election, as District 2 council member Terrence Steele recently said he does not plan to seek re-election. Local citizens planning to file as candidates for the regular municipal election can do so now.
The Sherman City Council positions that will be up for election on Nov. 7 are for Steele’s District 2 seat and the District 4 position currently held by Charles H. Brown Sr. Steele was elected to the council in November 2014 after previously serving from 2002 to 2008. Brown was elected last year in a special election to fill the unexpired term left when Sherman Mayor David Plyler vacated the seat following his election as mayor.
As a member of the council, Steele, who is director of business solutions for Workforce Solutions Texoma, serves as secretary of the TAPS Public Transit board and an ex-officio member of the Sherman Economic Development Corp. board in addition to other boards and committees for the city.
“Life is busy and just several other irons in the fire,” Steele said of why he’s planning to step away from public office. “I think I’m definitely ruling it out.”
Candidates can obtain the necessary applications and supporting documents from the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall, 220 W. Mulberry St. The City Clerk’s Office will be open between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through the end of the filing period on Aug. 21, which is a Monday.
Sherman City Clerk Linda Ashby said there are four main forms that prospective candidates will need to complete, but they can generally be completed in less than half an hour. Ashby said there is also a lot of additional, general information for candidates included in the packet.
“I do go over the things in the packet, but it is pretty self-explanatory too,” Ashby said via email.
While the District 2 seat will be filled by a new council member, the District 4 seat could also be left wide open, as Brown recently said he wasn’t sure whether he would seek re-election. He said he’s currently leaning toward running again, but that “may change.”
When Brown was elected last year, he defeated former council member Tammy Johnson, who had initially been appointed to the District 4 seat in late 2015. At the time, Johnson said she would run for the seat again but recently said she will instead be devoting her focus to serving as the new executive director of the Rehabilitation Center in Sherman.
Candidates seeking office must live in the district they wish to represent, though all positions are voted on at-large by the citizens of Sherman. Prospective candidates must be a U.S. citizen, at least 21 years old, a registered voter and a resident of Sherman for the last 12 months. Other requirements for candidacy are listed in the candidate election packet.
Ashby said her office usually sees more packets picked up than people who actually file to become candidates, but with the filing period lasting nearly a month, she doesn’t anticipate more traffic than her office can handle during that time period.
District 2 is in Northeast Sherman, north of the railroad track behind Washington Street and east of Travis Street. District 4 is in southwest Sherman, south of the railroad track behind Washington Street and to the west of Travis Street.
Additional information on the candidacy process can be obtained by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at 903-892-7204.