Dwayne Banks, an East Waco businessman and delivery driver, jumped into the the Waco City Council District 1 race on Friday, the last day of filing in the May 5 election.

Mayor Kyle Deaver and District 3 Councilman John Kinnaird remained unopposed in their re-election bids.

Banks, 68, will face nonprofit executive Andrea Barefield, retiree Cecil McDowell and pizzeria manager Luis Guevara in the race to replace Noah Jackson Jr., who is not seeking re-election.

Banks, Barefield and McDowell applied last summer to fill out the term of longtime District 1 Councilman Wilbert Austin, who had stepped down because of terminal cancer. The council chose Jackson, a longtime Austin ally, but Jackson said he never intended to run for re-election.

District 1 includes Texas State Technical College, Timbercrest, McLennan Community College, Cameron Park and far South Waco, but its center of gravity is East Waco.

Banks co-owns Marilyn’s Gift Gallery, 818 Elm Ave., with his wife, Marilyn Banks, who established the boutique in 1989. He is also a FedEx driver.

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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