The ballot for May’s Sulphur Springs City Council election is already getting a little crowded just two days into the filing period.
Three challengers filed their candidacy Monday, and one incumbent turned in paperwork for re-election today, guaranteeing a contested race for at least one place on the council.
Craig Johnson, 38, a Sulphur Springs native and owner of Kramerica Outdoor Advertising, was the first person to file Monday, signing up for the Place 1 seat currently held by Garry Jordan. Jordan, owner of Good News Christian book store in the Windsor Plaza shopping center, has not filed for re-election but has said he intends to do so.
A few hours later, Claude Walter, 67, owner of AES Walterstart on Gilmer Street, filed for the Place 2 seat held by Clay Walker.
On Monday afternoon, Bradley Edge, 27, filed candidacy for the Place 2 seat, guaranteeing a contested race against Claude Walter even if incumbent Clay Walker doesn't run.
Walker, appointed to fill an unexpired term in 2002 was unopposed in the 2003 and 2006 elections. He did not commit to seeking another term after the election was called at the Feb. 3 council meeting, but was being strongly urged by other councilmen to run again.
Meanwhile, Place 3 Councilman Oscar Aguilar became the first incumbent to file for re-election this morning. Aguilar, 46, a funeral director, currently serves as mayor of Sulphur Springs.
Candidates have until March 9 to declare candidacy for one of the three City Council seats. Filing is held in the City Secretary's office in the Sulphur Springs Municipal Building, 125 South Davis St.
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