Candidate Filing Over
The candidate filing period for city, school board and hospital district elections set for May 6th has ended. While there are now contested races in both the Liberty and Dayton School Districts, the filing period ended with only incumbents signed up for new terms in the cities of Liberty and Dayton. We have reported the Liberty ISD board has one contested trustee position. That’s trustee position #5. Dee Ann Berry and Daniel Balch are vying for that school board seat. The other three open Liberty school board positions have only one candidate. That includes Position #1 Incumbent Liberty School trustee Patty Watson and appointed Position #7 Trustee Malcolm Goudeau, while Debbie Beasley is the only candidate for Position #4. Moving on to the Dayton School Board Race, three positions are up for election, three candidates had filed, then yesterday, three more candidates filed for Dayton School Board. Longtime Dayton School Trustee Thomas Payne is seeking a new term as Dayton School Board Position #3. Mr. Payne does not have any opposition. However, Dayton Trustee Position #4 has two candidates. First time candidate Adam Pisarelli has drawn an opponent in Josh Day, a project manager who is the son of the late Mike Day, a former Dayton school principal. Also, the appointed Position #7 DISD board member Kerri Bartee has filed to run for the time remaining on Jim Smesny’s term following his resignation. She now has two opponents for that trustee seat. One of those is Barry Pruitt, brother of two well known Dayton City Council members Dwight and Heywood “Frosty” Pruitt. He and former Dayton Teacher Lisa Butcher are candidates for Dayton School Board Position #7 on May 6th. As for the Liberty County Hospital District #1, three board members with expiring terms have made their candidacy for election official. Bruce Stratton, Paul Henry and Ed Pickett have no opponents. All three Liberty City Council incumbents have filed and Dennis Beasley, Diane Huddleston and Libby Simonson are the only Liberty City Council candidates. In the City of Dayton, incumbents Mayor Jeff Lambright and Council members John Johnson and Troy Barton all three have filed for re-election. They do not have opponents so the city of Dayton, the city of Liberty and the Hospital District have the option of canceling their elections.