Few candidates for municipal elections
Time is running out for area residents looking to toss their political hats in the ring for this year's municipal elections. Monday is the deadline to file.In Big Spring filings have moved along rather slowly during the past several weeks, with none of the three incumbents having yet filed to run for re-election to their seats on the city council.The District 2 seat, currently held by Manuel Ramirez Jr., has drawn a single candidate so far, as local resident Carmen Moreno Harbour has filed to run for the office.The District 4 seat, held by incumbent Gloria McDonald, has also drawn only a single candidate at this time. Loretta Farquhar filed to have her name included on the ballot.The District 6 seat, held by Councilman Terry Hansen, has also drawn a lone candidate at this point in the filing period. Marvin Boyd, owner of Boyd's Auto Glass, has filed the necessary forms to seek the office.According to city officials, the deadline to file to run for any of the three seats is 5 p.m. March 5. Political hopefuls have until that time to file their campaign treasurer designation form and application for placement on the May 12 ballot.In the city of Stanton, municipal and election officials are gearing up for a busy election, as the city looks to fill several seats on its city council.The mayoral seat is up for grabs in May, as incumbent Justin Burch looks to win his first full term in the office. Burch has served approximately a year as mayor, stepping in for former mayor Tommy Haislip, who vacated the office to move to Houston in 2011.At this time, Burch is the only candidate running for the mayoral seat.The at-large seat on the council — which was vacated by Burch in 2011 when he assumed the position of mayor — is up for election. The lone candidate currently running for that seat is incumbent Danny Fryar, who has served in the capacity since assuming duties in 2011.The District 1 seat on the council, currently held by Ronnie Christian, has drawn a pair of candidates so far. Stanton residents Jim Smith and Brian McHenry have tossed their hats in the political ring to run for the office. Christian has not filed to run for re-election.The District 2 seat has drawn a single candidate at this time, incumbent Michelle Kidd, as has the District 3 seat on the council. James Jenkins has filed to seek re-election. Both are currently unopposed.Political hopefuls in Stanton have until the end of the business day Friday to file, according to officials with the Martin County seat.The city of Coahoma has three seats up for election this May. The seats are currently held by Linda Luce, Paulette Lindsey and Zach Johnson.According to unofficial reports, candidates Billy Sullivan and Dan Shelburn have filed to run; however, officials with the city of Coahoma were unavailable to confirm the reports at press time.Sullivan, who said he served on the Coahoma City Council approximately 25 years ago for two terms, was able to confirm he filed this week to run for the office. Attempts to reach Shelburn were unsuccessful.Political hopefuls in Coahoma also have until 5 p.m. March 5 to file their candidacy for the May 12 election.Early voting in this year's municipal elections is slated to begin April 30 and end May 8, according to local election officials.