Sherman City Council will potentially be cancelling its November election since both incumbents seeking re election are running unopposed. Shawn Teamann and Pam Howeth will retain their seats on the Sherman council for the next term.
The filing period for the election closed last week.
City Clerk Linda Ashby said no additional candidates filed before the August deadline to appear on the November ballot. Candidates had until Friday to file as a write-in candidate, but by end of day no additional candidates had filed.
Both Teamann and Howeth will be entering in their second term in November. Teamann was elected to the council in 2016 for a three-year term. Howeth was appointed to the council to fill a four-month vacancy after Tom Watt left the council in order to become Grayson County Sheriff. However, due the short length, this does not count against her term limit, Ashby said.
With no contested races, Ashby said the city council could move to cancel the general election as it had in the past. If the city does not, each candidate will appear on the ballot, but there will be no box to cast a vote.
While the election for city council members will not take place, Sherman voters will still get the opportunity to weigh in on two other elections in November. Voters will decide on if the city should renew its one-eighth of a center salex tax that is allocated specifically to road repairs.
The tax cannot be used to build new roadways and is specifically used for the maintenance of existing roads. City officials estimated that the tax brings in about $1.3 million in revenue for the city annually. The funding source also does not specifically target Denison residents, as about 50 percent of the revenue comes from visitors to Sherman.
The November ballot will also include three amendments to the city’s charter. One of the amendments will allow candidates to hold a seat on the council for a maximum of four consecutive terms, while another would update the definitions of a partial term with regard to term limits. The final proposed update would update the term length to members of the planning and zoning commission to be in line with members of the council.
Ashby said the cost to hold the election will be about the same regardless of if it holds the city council election or cancels it. The cost to hold the election in 2018 was about $14,500 and the city estimated that it would be about the same for this cycle.