Tuesday, January 25, 2011

One Will, One Won't

On Sunday, I wrote a quick story stating that Terrell City Councilman Ricky Jordan would be seeking to retain his District 3 seat an election this May.

“I will be seeking re-election,” Jordan said. “I would like to see some of the projects that were started or talked about while I have served on council continue to move forward.”

Today, in a quick phone call, District 5 Councilman Don Thurman told me he would not be seeking re-election.

"I'm 76 years old, and I think it's just time to let someone younger and with more energy have their chance on the council," Thurman said.

Filing begins Feb. 12 for candidates for the two council seats. Voters will select council members in a May 14 general election.

Candidates must file for a position on the ballot by March 14.

City Council members serve three-year terms. Each of the five council members represents a voting district. Residents vote only for their District's council member. The mayor, who is elected at large, presides over City Council meetings held the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at City Hall. (The mayor's position is not on the ballot this year.)

Residents who have lived within District 3 or 5 in the City of Terrell for at least 6 months prior to the election date are eligible to run for their district's council seat if they are U. S. citizens and registered Texas voters. (Anyone previously convicted of a felony is disqualified from running for a council seat.)

Early voting in the City Council election begins on May 2 and continues through May 10. Mail-in ballot applications may be made to the City Secretary's office between March 15 and May 6. (Note: The application for Ballot by Mail must be received by May 6.)

Residents may register to vote in the May election through April 14.

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