Two candidates have filed for the special election recently called to fill the unexpired term of the at-large, Place 1 seat on the Sherman City Council going into the last several days of the filing period.
City Clerk Linda Ashby said Friday afternoon that Willie Steele and Ronald Rose filed the necessary paperwork to become candidates in the special election to be held on Nov. 7 in conjunction with the city’s regular municipal election.
Steele was appointed to the position until the Nov. 7 election earlier this month 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 took the oath of office on Monday, the same day the council called the special election to fill the remainder of the term.
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 Nov. 7 special election will started Tuesday and is set to end on Thursday after 10 days.
Candidates can obtain the necessary applications and supporting documents to file for the special 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 Sept. 28.
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.