By Amanda Rogers
Mansfield, it’s time to vote!
Elections for three seats on the Mansfield City Council, three spots on the Mansfield ISD board of trustees, a place on the Tarrant County College board of trustees and a U.S. Representative are set for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 1. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in a race, a run-off election between the top two vote-getters will be held June 5 with early voting May 24-June1.
On the Mansfield City Council, Places 3, 4 and 5 are up for grabs.
In Place 3, incumbent Mike Leyman, a retired police officer, faces George Fassett, a businessman who ran for Mansfield mayor last fall, and Eddie Allen Chatman, an assembly worker.
At Place 4, incumbent Casey Lewis, a local Realtor and businessman, is being challenged by Vaughan Wynne-Jones, a solutions delivery manager/EMT, Houston Mitchell, an auto transporter, and David Klein, a human resources director.
Julie Short, a local Realtor, is seeking her second term in Place 5 against Christie K. Moore, a local mortician.
Chatman and Klein have dropped out of their races, but did not officially withdraw so their names will still appear on the ballot.
The races for Mansfield ISD trustees are even more competitive.
Up for election in the May 1 election are Places 1, 2 and 4. The vote for Place 4 will be a special election for the final year of the three-year term. Raul Gonzalez held the seat until he resigned after being elected to the Arlington City Council in November.
Currently on the ballot for Place 1 are incumbent Michelle Newsom, a nurse and medical administrator, and Kenneth Chalk, senior contract specialist.
For Place 2, incumbent Desiree “Dez” Thomas, a longtime local volunteer, is facing Yolanda McPherson, a retired educator who was recently in a run-off against school board president Courtney Lackey Wilson, Philip DeGroat, who is self-employed and ran for Mansfield City Council last year, and Teresa Okoro, a registered nurse.
Corinne Fiagome, a nonprofit and social sector consultant who also ran against Wilson last fall, is seeking the final year at Place 4 against Christine Beason, a customer training manager; Meagan Sutton, a physical therapist and owner of Shaneboys; Denise Lunski, a retired state employee; Kevin Robedee, a teacher; Keziah Valdes Farrar, a Realtor; and Brad Crane, a financial advisor.
On the ballot for the Tarrant County College District 5 seat are Christi Clanton, a consultant; Leonard Hornsby, a pastor; and Sherry McCullouch, a property manager.
The competition to fill the unfinished two-year term for U.S. Rep. Ron Wright is fierce with 23 candidates in the race. Wright died Feb. 7, after being re-elected in 2020 to the Sixth Congressional District. For a list of candidates, go here.
For polling locations in Tarrant County, go here.
Johnson County voters can vote here, and Ellis County voters can vote here.
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