By Joe Reavis
Political hopefuls picked up the pace last week, filing for May 5 city and school elections and creating contests in the cities of Wylie, Lucas, Parker, and in Lovejoy Independent School District.
Candidates had through 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, to sign up for ballot places. Until last week, several ballot places had no candidates, or no contested races.
Filed for two council seats in the city of Wylie are incumbent Candy Arrington, unopposed for Place 4, and three candidates, Steve Wright, Ned Peterson and Matthew Porter, for Place 2. The Place 2 incumbent, Diane Culver, opted not to seek re-election.
In Parker, two candidates are signed up for mayor and six are seeking two at-large spots on the city council, and none of the hopefuls is an incumbent. Running for mayor are Lee Pettle and Joe Cordina, and for the two council seats are Billy Barron, Terry Lynch, Edwin Smith, Patrick Taylor, Kimberly Henshaw and Paula Johnson-Hutka.
The city of Lucas has two contested races for council with incumbent Steve Duke and Robin Ahmadi seeking Place 3, and incumbent Philip Lawrence and Jamie Kilpatrick seeking Place 4. Mayor Jim Olk signed up for re-election and is not opposed.
Lovejoy ISD incumbent Al Litchenburg faces a challenge from Jennifer Cline for Place 6 on the board of trustees and incumbent Scott Christiansen is unopposed for Place 7.
All three incumbents whose terms with the city of St. Paul expire this spring filed for re-election and are not opposed. Filed are Mayor Opie Walter, Robert Kellow in Place 3 and Robert Simmons in Place 5.