Hopefuls file for city, school board


Only two incumbents on the Madisonville City Council have decided to seek re-election for the three positions up for election in May.

At the end of the filing period on Friday, incumbent Mayor William (Bill) Parten has filed to retain his seat, and no other mayoral candidates have come forward.

Parten has held the office since 2010.

For the council seats, Dale Kovacs was the only incumbent to file; Jerry Harper did not file for re-election. Two other city residents, Jessie Jaenicke and Brady Taylor, did throw their hats into the ring.

Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District Board seats held by Mark Bennett, Mike Corley and Zingara Manning also are up for re-election.

The only candidate filing for Position 5, currently held by Bennett, was Bo Williams. Corley, who currently is in Position 6, has filed, as well as Terri Brown Davis and Melissa Hinojosa. Manning is seeking re-election for Position 7, and will face Cassandra Nan McGilbra.

The city of Midway will cancel its election, according to City Clerk Deborah Newkirk.

The only candidates filing for the three open positions were the incumbents — John Whitmire, Ed Faw and Gus Kangos — and an election is not required, she said.

No information was available for the city of Bedias.

The election itself will be held on Tuesday, May 7, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., with early voting taking place from April 22 until April 30 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Early voting will be held at the MCISD central offices as well as the Madison County Courthouse. Election Day polling locations include the courthouse, Midway Community Center and Bedias Fire Station.

Residents can register for mail-in ballots through Election Administrator Earl Parker at the county election office.