Candidates for mayor, council and ISD continue to file

A few new challengers have entered the races for city council and the mayor of May in Sachse.

Councilman Jeff Bickerstaff, Place 6, submitted his paperwork to be on the May ballot for mayor. It is disputed by Sachse House Speaker Teddy Kinzer, who filed his papers last week.

Place 5, currently held by Cullen King, and Place 6, held by Bickerstaff, will also be on the ballot and neither has filed their re-election papers.

Sachse resident Lindsay Buhler filed her paperwork to challenge Place 5 and is currently unopposed.

Residents Adrian Rodriguez and Matt Prestenberg have also applied for spot 6.

Both King and current Mayor Mike Felix announced at the Jan. 18 council meeting that they would not seek re-election.

The municipal elections will take place on May 7 and the filing period to be taken into account on the ballot opened on January 19 and ends on February 18.

Bickerstaff was elected in 2013 and is in his third term.

The mayor and council members are elected at large, meaning they represent the entire city and all registered voters can vote for all seven places.

Elections for directors of Garland ISD will also take place in May. Place 1, held by Larry Glick, Place 2, held by Johnny Beach, and Place 3, held by Linda Griffin are all on the ballot. The deadline for filing is February 18, and all nominee information will be posted at garlandisd.net/about/board-trustees/board-elections.

Glick has been a director since 2007 and is in his fifth term. Beach was first elected in 2013 and is in his third term. Griffin has been a director since 1998 and is in her eighth term.

Similar to Sachse, all directors of GISD are elected at large.

In addition to the two city council seats, mayor and school board, Sachse residents will also vote on two amendments to the Texas Constitution.

Proposition 1 authorizes the Texas Legislature to reduce limits on the total amount of ad valorem taxes imposed for general public elementary and secondary school purposes for the elderly or disabled.

Proposal 2 increases the amount of the residential home property exemption from ad valorem tax for public school purposes from $25,000 to $40,000.

Candidates for office can download packets from the Sachse website at cityofsachse.com/218/Voter-Election-Information.

The last day to register to vote for the May elections will be April 7. Early voting will begin on April 25 and end on May 3. Times and locations for early voting have yet to be determined, but residents can vote at any location in the county. in which they are registered to vote.

Collin County residents can check their status at collincountytx.gov/elections.

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