The joint city council-school board election on May 2 in Midlothian will see plenty of action on both the municipal and school board sides, and time remains for candidates to file for the seat that was held by the late Art Pierard on the City Council.
In Midlothian ISD, there will be two contested elections for seats on the board of trustees.
Place 7, which is held by incumbent Andrea Walton, is being challenged by Taya Kyle, the widow of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who was the author of “American Sniper.”
In Place 6, incumbent trustee Tami Tobey is being challenged by two candidates, Will Marks and David Thomas.
On the municipal side, the mayor’s gavel will remain with Richard Reno, who is running unopposed. Reno was elected last year in a special election to complete the term of Bill Houston, who resigned in 2019.
Three City Council seats are up for grabs this year, and two of them will be contested. So far, six candidates have thrown their hats into the ring in total. This includes the special City Council election called last week to fill Pierard’s unexpired term.
Pierard’s Place 6 seat came open upon his death last Wednesday in an automobile accident in Waxahachie and the calling of a special election in an emergency meeting on Friday. The special election will complete the remainder of Pierard’s term, which expires in May 2021.
As of Wednesday, three candidates — Tiffany Robinson Cara, Hud Hartson and Jacob Wallace — had filed to run to complete Pierard’s unexpired term on the council.
The other Council seat that is being contested is Place 1, where incumbent Wayne Sibley is being challenged by Dustin Slayton.
In Place 2, Walter Darrach is unopposed in his bid to replace incumbent Mike Rodgers, who did not file for re-election.
The Midlothian Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a candidate forum for all local contestants in early April at the Midlothian Conference Center. The format will be similar to a forum sponsored by the Chamber earlier this month for Tuesday's Republican primary election.
The last day to register to vote in the May 2 election is April 2 (mailed applications must be postmarked April 2). The last day to apply for ballot-by-mail is April 20 (received not postmarked). Early voting in Ellis County for this election will be held April 20-24 and April 27-28.