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Candidate Filing Ends Friday, Feb. 12, For City Council, School Board Elections

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Candidate filing ends Friday for a place on the May 1, 2021 municipal and school election ballots, including those for Sulphur Springs and Como City Councils; and Como-Pickton Sulphur Springs and Yantis school boards.

Sulphur Springs City Council

Candidate filing for a place on the May 1 ballot for four seats on Sulphur Springs City Council will continue through 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. On the first day of filing, all four incumbents filed candidacy. Places 1, 2 and 3 are for a full 3-year term on the City Council each. Place 5 is for a 1-year term.

All four seats were on the 2020 ballot due to the resignations of four council members in the same week in December of 2019. The City Council Election was to be held in spring 2020, but due to COVID-19 was postponed until November 2020. 

Incumbents Harold Nash Sr. and Gary Spraggins filed Wednesday morning, Jan. 13, for a place on the May 1 Sulphur Springs City Council ballot.

Nash was appointed in December 2019 by the City Council to fill the Place 2 seat until the 2020 election. He then ran and was unopposed in the Nov. 3, 2020 election for the 1-year unexpired Place 2 seat. Nash is now seeking a full 3-year term on the City Council for Place 2.

Spraggins won the Nov. 3, 2020 election, receiving  71.24 percent of the votes for the Place 5 seat for one year, and is now seeking election to serve the final year of the unexpired term for Place 5.

Jay W. Julian filed later in the day Jan. 13 for a place on the May 1, 2021 City Council Election ballot for Place 1. He was one of four candidates on the November 2020 ballot for the Place 1 seat on the council. A run-off election was called between Julian and Mark Bradley after no one candidate received 50 percent or more of the votes in the Nov. 3, 2020 election for Place 1. Julian won the December 2020 runoff for the remaining months of the unexpired Place 1 term with 55.45 percent of the votes cast. Julian is now seeking a full 3-year term on the City Council.

Oscar Aguilar signed up Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 13, to run for Place 3 on Sulphur Springs City Council. He ran for and drew no opponents in 2020 for Place 3 on the City Council. Aguilar is now seeking a full 3-year term on the City Council.

Candidate filing for the May 2021 Sulphur Springs City Council Elections will continue until 5 p.m. Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Sulphur Springs Municipal Building, 201 North Davis St.

Como City Council

The City of Como is scheduled to hold an election on May 1 for all three places on the City Council. As of 10:20 a.m. Thursday, no one had file for any of the Como seats.

Currently, Jerry Radney serves as mayor. As mayor pro temp, he stepped up to mayor when Darla Henry resigned the position in August 2020, due to a move out of the city. Austin Baxley, a teacher at Como-Pickton school, was then appointed to the council as commissioner. Steve Smith was serving in the other commissioner seat on Como City Council until his recent resignation. Instead of appointing someone to serve in the second commission seat for a few months, the Council has opted to leave that seat empty until the election.

Filing for the two commissioner seats and mayor continues until 5 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, at City Hall, 104 Mill Street in Como. For additional information, call 903-488-3434.

Como-Pickton CISD

Como-Pickton CISD has three four-year term seats on the board and one two-year unexpired term seat to fill on Board of Trustees.

Como-Pickton CISD

Currently, Mark Humphrey, Shiloh Childress and Jessica Pegues currently serve in the full term seats. A special election has also been called to fill the remaining two years of DJ Carr’s seat, according to the C-P CISD Elections Officer. As of 1:15 p.m. Thursday, DJ Carr was the only candidate who had filed for the unexpired term seat. Incumbent Shiloh Childress and challengers Cole Boseman, Stephanie Cotton and Clif Carpenter had filed candidacy for the three four-year term seats on the board.

Candidates may pick up applications in the CPCISD Administration Office, 13017 Highway 11 east of Como, during business hours Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. Additional information, including requirements and eligibility are available on the school website,, under District and School Board menu options or by clicking here.


Sulphur Springs ISD has two seats up for election on the school board. On the first day of the filing period, Kerry Wright and Jason Dietze filed candidate applications seeking a place on the May 1 Sulphur Springs ISD Board of Trustees Election ballot. Incumbents Wright and Dietze are seeking another 3-year term on the school board.

Sulphur Springs ISD

Dietze was first elected to the school board in 2009. He was re-elected secretary in 2020. He previously served as vice president and president. Wright was appointed to the board in August of 2017 to fill the unexpired term of Don Sapaugh. Wright was previously on the board for seven years, which included serving as secretary, vice president and president of the school board, but resigned in 2016.

Applications for a place on the May 1, 2021 SSISD Trustees Election ballot for two full 3-year seats on SSISD Board of Trustees are due by 4 p.m. Friday Feb. 12 in the Tax Office of the SSISD Administration Building, 631 Connally St.

Yantis ISD Board

Yantis ISD also has three seats on the Board of Trustees to fill. and neither was an incumbent.

Yantis ISD

Currently serving in those seats are Stacey Wetzel, Michael Burnett and Tyra Kenemore. Wetzel has served two full terms on the school board. Burnett and Kenemore are completing a full term on the school board. As of 10:45 a.m. Thursday, only three candidates – incumbent Kenemore and challengers Stacey Batchelor and Ashly Vivion – had filed candidacy for a place on the May 1 YISD Board of Trustees Election ballot.

Candidates may email their application to [email protected] or fax it to 903-383-7620 by the Feb 12 deadline of 5 p.m. The office at 111 South Main Street in Yantis is expected to be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

Additional information is available on the school website ( or by clicking here.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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