Some elections to be canceled for cities, schools

Mineola, Alba-Golden draw crowded fields for school boards


Alba-Golden and Mineola school districts drew a bevy of candidates for the May school board elections.

The filing deadline for places on the May 2 ballots passed Friday.

The cities of Mineola, Yantis and Alba will not have to hold elections, as each drew the same number of candidates as positions.

The two school districts, along with Quitman and Yantis ISDs, will have contested races, along with the city of Quitman.

Filing for two places on the Mineola school board are Rodney Watkins, John Abbott (incumbent), Silvia Reyes, Jeff Hurley, Demethrius Boyd and Angie Ruffin. Terms are for three years.

Filing for three full terms on the Alba-Golden board are Johnny Teel, Dana Weissert, Jason Stovall, Sancy Baker, Lisa Morrison, Brad Lennon and Randal Cole. Teel and Stovall are incumbents. Grant Sadler (incumbent) and Nick Kerry filed for the unexpired term.

Filing for two seats on the Quitman ISD board are incumbents Jane Herring and Raymond Peek and challengers Dustin Emerson and Vanessa Simpkins.

For two Yantis ISD seats, Melissa Stephens and Jennifer McKeever filed for reelection and have been challenged by Teresa Starrett and Jennifer Larkin.

The only city election among the four will be in Quitman, with incumbents Jack Robinson, Susan Resnik and J.R. Evans filing along with challenger Steve Glenn for three seats.

No city elections will have to be held in Alba, Yantis and Mineola.

The three Alba council incumbents drew no opposition, Robert Kraemer, Tammy Kirkpatrick and  Larry Jones.

Incumbents Betty Jenkins and Kenneth Kincaid and newcomer Gerald Schmidt filed for the three Yantis council seats.

For the Mineola council, Sue Jones (Ward One), Jayne Lankford (Ward Two) and Cassandra Sampson (Ward Three) are unopposed.

Sampson will fill the seat held by Novada Bigham, who did not seek reelection.