Six Candidates File To Run For Wichita Falls City Council

Six Candidates File To Run For Wichita Falls City Council

Wichita Falls, TX -

People interested in running for Wichita Falls City Council have until Friday, Feb 27. at 5 p.m. to file candidate application forms to the City Clerk's office.

Tracy Norr, Wichita Falls City Clerk told Newschannel 6 that six people have come to city hall to file their paperwork and with two days left before the deadline, more candidates may add their name to the ballot.

Incumbent Councilor at Large, Mike Smith is seeking re-election, but Ben Hoover, Councilor District 1 and Annetta Pope-Dotson, Councilor District 2 are both leaving their seats up for grabs.

The City Clerk told Newschannel 6 six people have filed candidate applications to run for three of the open positions.

Candidates who have filed are:

Councilor At Large

Michael L. Smith - Incumbent

Krystal James

Councilor District 1

Stephen L. Santellana

Walter King

Councilor District 2

Donnie Melton

DeAndra M. Chenault

Newschannel 6 went to the City Clerk's office to find out what qualifications residents need to qualify.

Candidates for the positions must:

•Be at least 21 years of age

•Be a citizen of the United States

•Have lived in Wichita Falls and the district (for councilor positions) for twelve months immediately   

 preceding the deadline for filing for a place on the ballot.

•Not have been determined by a final judgment of a court to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially  

 mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

•Not have been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities

To ensure their name on the May 9. ballot, each candidate must submit an a filing packet. The application fee is $100 or candidates can submit a petition signed by at least 50 qualified voters in Wichita Falls.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6