Sherman voters will decide on two council seats this November, but after the first week of the filing period for the municipal election, just one candidate has filed the necessary paperwork to get on the ballot.
City Clerk Linda Ashby said local business owner Daron Holland was the only candidate to file for the District 4 council seat when she was contacted by the Herald Democrat via email Friday afternoon. The District 4 council position is currently held by Charles H. Brown Sr., who said earlier this month that he wasn’t sure whether he would seek re-election but was leaning toward running again.
The other seat up for election during the Nov. 7 municipal election is the District 2 position currently held by Terrence Steele, who has said he is not planning to seek re-election to the council.
Candidates can obtain the necessary applications and supporting documents to file for the council election 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.
Ashby previously 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.
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. Steele was elected to the council in November 2014 after previously serving from 2002 to 2008.
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.
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.