The Sherman City Council saw its newest member sworn in Monday and then called a special election to fill that seat once his appointment expires.
After being appointed during the council’s last meeting, Willie Steele took the oath of office at the beginning of Monday’s meeting to take over the at-large, Place 1 seat left vacant by former council member Kevin Couch’s resignation to run for state representative for District 62.
“I just would like to say thank you guys,” Steele said of being appointed to the council. “It really is an honor and a privilege to be back on the council. It wasn’t necessarily the circumstances that I was thinking that I would be back here. But I’m excited about it and looking forward to it and got a lot to catch up on.”
Steele previously served as a council member from 2007 to 2011 and said he will file to be a candidate for the special election to fill the unexpired term for the at-large, Place 1 seat.
As Couch’s resignation happened more than a year before the end of his term, the city was required to call a special election to fill the unexpired term through November 2018 and the council did just that Monday. The special election will be held concurrently with the regular municipal election on Nov. 7.
“This term would run from November 2017 until November of 2018, which would have been the end of his term at that point,” City Manager Robby Hefton said of when Couch’s term was set to end.
The already-called regular election will see Daron Holland running unopposed for the District 4 council seat, while the District 2 council seat will have Josh Stevenson and Commie O. Linson vying for it. The District 2 seat is currently held by Terrence Steele and District 4 is filled by Charles H. Brown Sr., both of whom opted not to run for re-election to the council. Terrence 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.
The filing period for the Nov. 7 special election will start Tuesday and last 10 days.
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 Sept. 28, which is a Thursday.
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.
Candidates seeking office can live anywhere in the city and the position will be 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.
Additional information on the candidacy process can be obtained by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at 903-892-7204.