Races for Mansfield city council, school board get competitive

February 11, 2021
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By Amanda Rogers

Mansfield Record

The pool of candidates for Mansfield ISD school board andMansfield City Council has gotten deeper.

On the City Council, Places 3, 4 and 5 are up for grabs inthe May 1 election.

In Place 3, incumbent Mike Leyman, a retired police officer,faces George Fassett, a businessman who ran for Mansfield mayor last fall.

At Place 4, incumbent Casey Lewis, a local Realtor andbusinessman, is being challenged by Vaughan Wynne-Jones, a solutions deliverymanager/EMT.

Julie Short, a local Realtor, is seeking her second term inPlace 5 against Christie K. Moore, a local mortician.

Applications to run for Mansfield City Council must be emailedto City Secretary Susanna Marin or delivered to City Hall by 5 p.m. Feb. 12. Torun for Mansfield City Council, candidates must be at least 18 years old, aregistered Texas voter and must have lived in the city for the past 12 months.Candidate packets are available online and at Mansfield City Hall, 1200 E.Broad St.

The races for Mansfield ISD trustees are even morecompetitive.

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 thethree-year term. Raul Gonzalez held the seat until he resigned after beingelected to the Arlington City Council in November.

Currently on the ballot for Place 1 are incumbent MichelleNewsom, a nurse and medical administrator, and Godson Onwubiko Jr., a processengineer.

For Place 2, incumbent Desiree “Dez” Thomas, a longtimelocal volunteer, is facing Yolanda McPherson, a retired educator who wasrecently in a run-off against school board president Courtney Lackey Wilson,and Philip DeGroat, who is self-employed and ran for Mansfield City Councillast year.

Corinne Fiagome, a nonprofit and social sector consultantwho also ran against Wilson last fall, is seeking the final year at Place 4against Christine Beason, a customer training manager; Meagan Sutton, aphysical therapist and owner of Shaneboys; Denise Lunski, a retired stateemployee; Kevin Robedee, a teacher; and Keziah Valdes Farrar, a Realtor.

Candidates for the Mansfield ISD school board must be at least18 years old, be a U.S. citizen, not be a convicted felon or mentallyincapacitated, must have lived in Texas for the previous 12 months and in thedistrict for the previous six months and be a registered voter in the district.

Applications can be picked up at the Mansfield ISDAdministration Building, 605 E. Broad St. Forms must be returned by 5 p.m. Feb.12.

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