Election races develop in north county
By Glynis Crawford Smith
Highland Lakes Newspapers
The deadline for filings for city and school board elections in Texas is, Friday, Feb. 17, and, as of Wednesday morning, two contests had developed in north Burnet County, on for the school boar and another for the mayor of burnet.
In cases where none develops, as may be the case in Bertram, an election will not have to be held on May 6.
For the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District (BCISD) Board of Trustees, Place 3 incumbent, Craig Barefoot, a retired district administrator, has been challenged by Suzanne Brown, a local event planner.
Mark Kincaid, retired Burnet High School principal, has filed for Place 7. That seat has been held by Charles Williams, appointed by the board to serve the unexpired term of Jim Luther Jr.
In Burnet, Mayor Gary Wideman had reached his term limit and competing for that post are Crista Bromley, the retired former city administrative services and economic development director, and Philip Thurman, president of the Burnet Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.
Council Member Claude Ramsey “Tres” Clinton III, a pilot, had filed for re-election, but those in two other council seats up for election had not. They are Paul Farmer and Mary Jane Shanes.
Only Zachary Worrell, a firefighter and school bus driver, had filed as a new candidate.
City Secretary Kelly Dix said Thursday that five other candidate packets had been requested, but none had been returned.
In Bertram the alderman seats held by Pat Turner, Mike Knoarik and Cindy Callihan are up for election.
Turner, a retired nurse who completed an unexpired term and was then elected, had filed for re-election to a second full term. Two more citizens had filed, according to City Secretary Georgina Hernandez. They are Jean Worrell, a school bus driver, and Allen J. Rodgers, a retired electrician and electronics technician.
Further south, the story is much the same in Marble Falls, with Mayor John Packer having filed for re-election but the other three incumbents, so far, undeclared. They are Mayor Pro Tem Jane Mare Hurst, Place 2; Rachel Austin-Cook, Place 4 and Rayan Nash, Place 6.
Parks and Recreation Committee Chairman David Rhodes had filed for Place 2 and attorney Megan Klaeger had filed for Place 6.
The only contest reported, as of Wednesday, was in Granite Shoals, where two-time council candidate Mike Steenbergen is challenging Carl Brugger in a mayor's race.
No one had filed for open Place 5, but businesswoman Anita Hisey and Jim Davant, a retiree who has served on the Planning & Zoning Commission and Street and Water Advisory Group, had filed for re-election to Places 1 and 3, respectively. Davant was appointed last year to serve the unexpired term of Eric Tanner.