Sherman voters will choose between Willie Steele and Ronald Rose to fill the unexpired term of the at-large, Place 1 seat on the Sherman City Council on Nov. 7.
City Clerk Linda Ashby said Friday afternoon that Steele and Rose were the only candidates to file the necessary paperwork to become candidates in the special election to be held in conjunction with the city’s regular municipal election.
Steele was appointed to the position until the Nov. 7 election after former council member Kevin Couch resigned to run for state representative for District 62. 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.
Steele previously served as a council member from 2007 to 2011. Rose, who runs a charity and manages a music producer, said he has no previous experience on boards or governing bodies.
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 special election ended Thursday.
Candidates seeking the at-large, Place 1 candidates are allowed to live anywhere in the city and the position will be voted on at-large by the citizens of Sherman.