Key deadline Feb. 28 for candidates to get on ballot in Tyler, TISD races

Published on Thursday, 30 January 2014 23:22 - Written by By Kelly Gooch and Emily Guevara Staff Writers

Wednesday marked the first day that candidates could apply to get their name on the city of Tyler and Tyler ISD ballots for the May election. The last day to apply for all of the city positions and two of the three TISD school board seats is Feb. 28.

District 2, 4 and 6 city council positions are up for grabs, as is the mayor position. District 2 represents west Tyler, District 4 represents northeast Tyler and District 6 represents south Tyler, according to the city’s website. The mayor is elected at large.

City Clerk Cassandra Brager said all are two-year terms, and there is a limit of three consecutive terms.

She said candidates, among other things, must be a registered Tyler voter and not owe any delinquent city taxes.

Candidates for the District 2, 4 and 6 positions must be a resident of the district they are vying to represent “for at least six months prior to the election” and “continue to reside in that district while representing it,” according to the city website.

Additionally, Ms. Brager said, candidates must comply with guidelines from the Office of the Secretary of State and the Texas Ethics Commission.

As far as the order that names appear on the ballot, a drawing will take place after the application deadline, Ms. Brager said.

She said once the election is called, polling locations will be determined.

Those interested in applying to have their name on the ballot may do so at city hall, 212 N. Bonner Ave., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Application forms are available atwww.cityoftyler.org .

On the Tyler ISD school board, single-member Districts 2 and 4 are up for election and the deadline to file for those positions is Feb. 28.

The board also is expected to call a special election for District 5 to fill the unexpired term. Brad Spradlin resigned from the District 5 position in December and the school board appointed Ross Strader to fill the position shortly after that.

Because more than a year was left on the term when Spradlin vacated it, the district has to call a special election to fill the position at the next election opportunity, board secretary Gina Orr said.

Candidates cannot start filing for the District 5 position until the board calls a special election for it, which they are expected to do on Feb. 10. Provided the special election is called before March 1, the deadline to file for the District 5 position is March 10.

The election for all three positions is planned for May 10. The elected District 2 and 4 trustees will serve three-year terms. Whoever is elected to fill the District 5 position will serve the remainder of the unexpired term, which ends in May 2015.

For more information about the TISD school board elections, visit tylerisd.org, click on the School Board tab on the far right and click on the School Board Elections tab at the bottom.