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Three days into the filing period, candidates have started throwing their names in for McLennan County school district and city council races for the May 5 election.

Filing applications will be accepted through Feb. 16. The last day to register to vote is April 5.

In the city of Waco, seats are open for mayor and two council positions. Mayor Kyle Deaver, an attorney and business executive, has filed for re-election to a second two-year term, while District 3 Councilman John Kinnaird, 38, a bank investment manager, has filed for a fourth term.

Two have filed for the District 1 seat that represents East Waco, Cameron Park and Timbercrest. The council appointed Noah Jackson Jr. to the seat last summer after the death of Councilman Wilbert Austin, but Jackson has said he does not intend to run for a full term.

Andrea Barefield, executive director of the Texas Brazos Trails program, and Cecil McDowell, a retiree and store owner, filed for the seat. Barefield, 41, is the daughter of former Mayor Mae Jackson and until recently served as Waco Main Street Manager. McDowell, 73, has run for council several times, including a run against Austin in 2014. Both McDowell and Barefield applied last summer to fill Austin’s vacated council seat.

Waco Independent School District incumbents Pat Atkins and Stephanie Korteweg have filed to run for another term on the board. Atkins serves as the board president, and Korteweg represents District Two. Candidates can file to run for the positions currently held Atkins, Korteweg and board Secretary Norman Manning, who represents District 1. Manning has been vocal about running again but had yet to file as of Friday. School board members serve three-year terms.

City council races

  • Bellmead City Council

No one has filed for any of the three seats for Bellmead City Council. The seats up for election are held by Precinct 3 council member Mark Pace, Precinct 4 council member William Ridings and at-large council member Gary Moore.

  • Beverly Hills City Council

No one has filed for any of the three, two-year seats on the Beverly Hills City Council. Residents can file to run for seats held by council members Joe Frank Holder, Tony Garcia and Michael Thompson.

  • Crawford City Council

No one has filed for any of the three, at-large, two-year-terms on the Crawford City Council. The incumbents for the positions are Frances Roe, Terrence Smith and Jamie Burgess.

  • Hewitt City Council

Ward 1, Place 2 Councilman Wilbert “Walky” Wachtendorf, Ward 2, Place 2 councilman Bill Fuller and Ward 3 councilman Steve Fortenberry all filed for re-election this week. All positions are for two-year terms.

  • Lacy Lakeview City Council

No one has filed for the three at-large seats held by Amy Hall, Patrick Bell and Jerry Hall.

  • Lorena City Council

No one has filed for the three seats held by J. Fagner, Jeff Linnstaedter and Kelly Yarbrough.

  • Mart City Council

Three people filed this week for the Mart City Council. Incumbents Henry Witt III and Kevin Schaffer each filed for re-election, and newcomer Tomas Mansfield filed for office. Three seats with two-year terms are up for election. Council member Zac Byrd holds the third seat. Residents can also file for the unexpired term, which is one year, held by John Garrett.

  • McGregor City Council

Jeffrey Clayton Douglas filed for the Ward 4 council seat this week. Residents can file to run for the seats held by Ward 2 council member Paul Allison, Ward 4 council member Joe Leos, and Mayor Jimmy Hering.

  • Valley Mills City Council

No one filed for the three seats up for election on the Valley Mills City Council. Residents can file to run for the at-large seat held by council member Bill Lancaster, Seat No. 3, held by Rodney Nichols, and Seat No. 5, held by Curtis Wiethorn.

  • Woodway City Council

Woodway residents can apply for two seats on the city council. The terms end in May for seats held by Ward 3, Place 1 council member Gil Lillard and Ward 2, Place 1 council member Mike Tamberella.

School district races

  • Bosqueville ISD

Incumbent Jeff Bird has filed to run for one of the three at-large positions up for election. The other seats are held by Robby James and Heath Jackson. School board members serve three-year terms.

  • China Spring ISD

China Spring has three at-large seats open for this election. Newcomers Matt Penney, who works at Baylor University, and Trey Oakley, who works at Methodist Children’s Home have filed for the election, along with Board Vice President Jeff Bradburn. Seats up for election are held by Bradburn, Secretary Jeff Garrett and Boyd Kent.

  • Connally ISD

No one has filed yet for Connally ISD’s board election. Terms will be expiring for Board President Steven Carter, Vice President Greg Davis and Mike Anderson. All three seats are at-large and are three-year terms.

  • Crawford ISD

No one has filed for the two at-large seats with three-year terms held by Vice President Marvin Hickey and Assistant Secretary Michael Hazzard.

  • La Vega ISD

No one has filed yet for La Vega ISD’s two at-large seats up for grabs in May. Candidates can file to run for seats held by Assistant Secretary Phil Bancale and Myron Ridge.

Board members serve three-year terms.

  • Lorena ISD

No one has filed yet for the three at-large seats with three-year terms held by Greg Hansen, Michelle Nicoletti and Secretary William Woody.

  • Marlin ISD

No one has filed yet for Marlin ISD’s open seats in District C and District D. Because state officials appointed a board of managers to take over the duties and power of the elected board in February 2017, anyone elected will not be able to serve until the board of managers is removed by the state.

  • Mart ISD

Only incumbents Russell Carroll and Secretary Sara Deike have filed for their at-large positions that come with three-year terms.

  • Midway ISD

Incumbent Tom Pagel is the only person who has filed so far for one of Midway ISD’s two at-large seats with three-year terms that are up for grabs. The other seat is held by Bobby Deaton.

  • Valley Mills ISD

No one has filed yet for the three at-large seats with three-year-terms held by Bret Hodges, Tammie Mann-Chrisman or Secretary Mike Jones.

Cassie L. Smith has covered county government for the Tribune-Herald since June 2014. She previously worked as a reporter for the Beaumont Enterprise and The Eagle in Bryan-College Station. Smith graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Shelly Conlon has covered K-12 education for the Tribune-Herald since July 2016. Prior to the Tribune-Herald, she was the managing editor for the Waxahachie Daily Light, and an intern for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

J.B. Smith is the the Tribune-Herald managing editor. A native of Sulphur Springs, he attended Southwestern University and joined the Tribune-Herald in 1997. He and his wife, Bethany, live in Waco and have two children.

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