With a little more than a week left in the filing period, the Sherman City Council only has one contested race among the three seats up for election on Nov. 7.
City Clerk Linda Ashby said, as of Friday afternoon, the At-Large, Place 1 seat was the only position to garner multiple candidates. Seeking the seat are former Parks and Recreation Advisory Board member Sholdon Daniels and current council member Willie Steele.
Among the other two seats up for election, Sherman Mayor David Plyler is currently unopposed in his re-election bid, while former Planning & Zoning Commission member Joe Gilbert is the only candidate seeking the At-Large, Place 2 seat.
The filing period for the municipal election ends on Aug. 20. 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.
Steele was voted into the At-Large, Place 2 position during a special election last November after being appointed to the position before the election following the resignation of former council member Kevin Couch 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 of this year.
The At-Large, Place 2 seat on the council is currently filled by Jason Sofey, who is completing his second full term on the council and is not eligible for re-election to that position. Sofey was first elected to the council in November 2012 and re-elected in November 2015. He recently said he does not plan to run for any council positions at this time, but would like to continue serving the community in some capacity.
Plyler was first elected to the council in 2011 and then re-elected in 2014, before running unopposed for mayor in 2015.
City Clerk Linda Ashby previously said there are four main forms that prospective candidates must 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.
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.
Additional information on the candidacy process can be obtained by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at 903-892-7204.