A couple of local races are in play for this election cycle. However, incumbents have held their seats for hospital board election. The races will take place for city council and in Area 2 of the school board election.
Bobby Toney made the deadline for the Area 1 seat on the school board; his term is for two years as he completes the term of former Trustee Steve White. Also running for a two-year term is the board’s second appointee, Patty Robertson, representing Area 3. She took the place of Mary Gonzales-Gomez, who accepted a position on the Kings County board of education.
Filing for four-years terms were Mary Wadsworth (Area 2) and Karen Frey (Area 4). Both are incumbents; Frey is unopposed, but Wadsworth will face fellow resident Sam Ramirez in November. Ramirez filed at the end of the filing period Friday.
There are two openings for the city council. Neither incumbent filed; those seats are currently held by Jim Wadsworth and Mark Cartwright. Until last week, it appeared there were no nominees.
However, filing by the end of the week were three hopefuls: Shae DeVaney, Karl Kassner and Clarence Cryer. The city council provides an at-large election, so voters can vote for two candidates.
It appears the council field could open even wider. According to City Clerk Marlene Lopez, at least two more candidates have pulled filing papers and had until yesterday (Wednesday) to turn them in to city hall.
With two openings for four-year terms on the hospital board, both incumbents—Steve Brown and Jon Rachford—took their papers to the county clerk by the Friday deadline,
There are also two short-term openings to fill two-year terms. One was held by the late Jess Martinez and the other was already vacant. No candidates filed for either seat, which could lead to appointments.