The City of Kilgore’s 2019 election cycle will include one more ballot position than normal.
The regular rotation of seats puts Mayor Ronnie Spradlin’s post and Mayor Pro Tem Harvey McClendon’s Place 2 position in the running. This year, though, Place 3 will also be in contention on Election Day, May 4.
Council member Neil Barr was re-elected to the spot in May 2018 – he died a little more than a month later. Mike Sechrist was ultimately appointed to serve in the seat in the interim, through the 2019 election.
The filing period for a spot on the May ballot opens Wednesday, Jan. 16, and continues through 5 p.m. Feb. 15. Application packets are available from Kilgore City Clerk Rachel Rowe at 815 N. Kilgore St. and must be returned to her there.
Would-be candidates must be qualified voters of the City of Kilgore. In addition to the requisite paperwork, it costs $100 to get in the running for a council seat; that fee can be waived if a candidate submits a petition including the signatures of 25 or more qualified voters.
Spradlin says he intends to run for re-election this season.
In May, the incumbent will have completed nine years as mayor. He initially served four years as a council member, appointed to fill a vacancy on the dais, then won the mayor’s seat when predecessor Joe Parker stepped down. As mayor, Spradlin has fended off a variety of challengers in previous election cycles and says he’s eager for another term, keen to hold the course.
“It’s just really a good council and a good direction,” Spradlin said, “and I’d like to stay and see a few more things completed.”
Sechrist could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon. McClendon says he’s not sure if he’ll pursue re-election or not.
“I don’t know. On the fence. It’s coming up pretty quick,” he added. “This’ll be 12 years. I don’t know if I should run again or let somebody else have an opportunity to serve. The city’s in pretty good shape right now.
That said, “There’s always projects and things going on that I’d like to see through fruition, but they always come up – six elections have come up since I’ve been on.”
Early voting for the Spring 2019 election kicks-off April 22 and wraps April 30. Election Day polling will be May 4 at Kilgore City Hall.
For more information, contact Rowe at 903-984-5081.