Sherman recently got its first candidate for the District 2 seat that will be up for election this November.
City Clerk Linda Ashby said Josh Stevenson, who is the Grayson County Health Department’s public health preparedness manager, has been the only candidate to file for the District 2 council seat when she was contacted by the Herald Democrat via email Friday afternoon. The District 2 council position is currently held by Terrence Steele, who said last month that he would not be seeking re-election to the position.
During the first week of the filing period, local business owner Daron Holland filed for the District 4 council seat and is currently unopposed for that position. The District 4 council position is presently held by Charles H. Brown Sr., who said last month that he wasn’t sure whether he would seek re-election.
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.
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.