Filing deadline nears for city, school

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Three council candidate packets have been picked up from Kilgore City Hall – with three days until the deadline, so far only one has been returned.

There will be three posts on the ballot Saturday, May 5: among them, Place 4 incumbent Victor Boyd is wrapping up his first term on the dais and was the first of three current office-holders to file his re-election bid.

Both Place 1 council member Merlyn Holmes and Place 3 incumbent Neil Barr previously said they’ll each be seeking another two-year stretch in the council chambers.

Candidate packets are available from Kilgore City Clerk Deborah Dane. While she does not identify who has picked up a packet, Dane provides an update when a candidate files – Boyd submitted his completed paperwork Feb. 8.

“Three applications out and one returned. That’s it,” she said. “It’s just a very quiet election year, for some reason.”

If there are no contested races on the City of Kilgore’s ballot or the ticket for Kilgore ISD by late-Friday afternoon, the election will be subsequently canceled in favor of the incumbents. With two positions up at KISD, incumbent Reggie Hensen has filed for re-election to Place 4; Alan Clark submitted his paperwork for the Place 3 trustee seat currently held by Jon Slagle.

For the council posts, officer-seekers must be qualified voters of the City of Kilgore, Dane noted. Applications are due in her office by 5 p.m. Friday before the one-month filing period closes.

It costs $100 to file for a spot on the ballot, she noted, but candidates can waive that fee if they provide a petition with the signatures of 25 qualified voters.

Early voting for the May 5 election begins April 23 and continues through April 27, polls opening again for early votes April 30 and May 1 before Election Day the first Saturday in May.

For more information, contact Dane at Kilgore City Hall, 903-984-5081.

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