City council elections called for May 10

Seats held by Chris Brown, Yolanda Williams on the ballot

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Feb. 6, 2008 - At least one incumbent will be seeking re-election in May when elections are held for two seats on the Sulphur Springs City Council.

Incumbent Place 6 Councilman Chris Brown said Tuesday night he plans to seek a second term on the council, while Mayor Yolanda Williams, who holds the Place 7 spot, said she has not made a final determination.

Williams, however, indicated she is leaning toward a re-election bid.

Filing for the two spots on the council will get under way on Monday, Feb. 11. (The first day state law allows candidates to file is Feb. 9, but because that date falls on a Saturday, local filing won't begin until the following Monday.)

Candidates will have until Monday, March 10, to announce their intentions to run for a council seat.

The election will be held Saturday, May 10. Early voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in the Sulphur Springs Municipal Building, 125 South Davis St., from Monday, April 28, through Tuesday, May 6.

Early voting will also be held for 12 hours, as mandated by state law, on two weekdays: Tuesday, April 29, and Thusday, May 1.

Applications for ballots by mail should be sent to City Secretary Gale Roberts, 125 South Davis St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. The first day to receive mail applications is March 11, and they must be received no later than May 2.

Nell Furney will serve as election judge. The early voting clerk is Gale Roberts, and the alternate is Kathie Steele.

Brown would be seeking a third term on the council, while Williams, should she choose to run again, would be campaigning for a second stint on the panel.

Brownwas first elected in 2002, receiving 70 percent of the vote to defeat Dan Hamiter. Brown was automatically re-elected in 2005 when no opponents ran against him.

Brown, a Texas Realtor since 2001, is co-owner of RE/MAX Advanced real estate in Sulphur Springs.

Williams won her seat by defeating Hamiter in a runoff election in 2005. She was selected last summer by her fellow council members to serve as mayor of the city.

For more information about candidate filing, contact City Secretary Gale Roberts at the Sulphur Springs Municipal Building, 125 South Davis St., at 903-885-7541.

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