With two weeks remaining before the deadline, there are more Wharton residents who have filed for public office for both the Wharton City Council and the Board of Trustees with the Wharton Independent School District.
The first day to file was Jan. 15 and the deadline to file for a council or trustee post is 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. One can file for city council at Wharton City Hall, 120 East Caney Street, or for the school board at the Wharton ISD Administration Building, 2100 North Fulton Street.
Election day for both is Saturday, May 2 at the Wharton Civic Center.
Linda Lins, who is the secretary for Wharton ISD Superintendent Tina Herrington, said three people filed on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
Two are incumbents and one is not. Sherrell Speer, 86, filed for the Position 5 seat he currently holds. Dr. Cody Pohler, 40, also filed for the Position 6 post he holds. Pohler, however, will have an opponent now that Fred Johnson, 50, has filed for the same seat, according to WISD.
WISD previously announced that Curtis W. Evans, 60, filed on Friday, Jan. 17 for the Position 7 seat of the WISD Board of Trustees.
There are three board seats that will be vacated in May.
City of Wharton
According to the City of Wharton’s Secretary’s Office, two people filed for public office this week. They are incumbent Steven Schneider, 59, for the District 2 seat on the city council, and Larry Dwain Pittman, 64, who filed for the At Large Position 6 post.
With these latest filings, it appears that Pittman will be challenging incumbent Alice Heard-Roberts, who was the first African-American woman to be elected in the history of Wharton.
There will also be a mayoral election this year, Secretary Paula Favors said after she received two application filings for the mayor’s post a week before.
Mayor Tim Barker, 67, is running against challenger Annie Marie Johnson, 52.
Don Mueller, 83, filed Thursday, Jan. 23 for the District 4 seat of the Wharton City Council.