Lewisville City Council calls special election as council member vacates seat to run for mayor

The candidate filing period for the May 1 special election for Place 3 will remain open until March 1. (Community Impact staff)
The candidate filing period for the May 1 special election for Place 3 will remain open until March 1. (Community Impact staff)

The candidate filing period for the May 1 special election for Place 3 will remain open until March 1. (Community Impact staff)

Lewisville City Council member TJ Gilmore’s mayoral aspirations call for a special election, according to the Texas Election Code.

A week after the Lewisville City Council called for the May 1 election—and days after Mayor Rudy Durham’s announcement that he would not seek re-election—Gilmore submitted an application to run for mayor. His bid requires he resign from his current Place 3 seat.

Under state law, Gilmore will be allowed to serve on the council until the election.

The special election to fill the remainder of the unexpired Place 3 term will be held in conjunction with the May 1 City Council Election.

The filing period for Place 3 opened Jan. 25 and will close March 1.



The filing period for mayor and the Place 2 seat on the council runs through Feb. 12.

Four-year Lewisville resident Tiffanie Fowler has also filed to run for mayor. Incumbent R. Neil Ferguson has filed for re-election to his Place 2 seat. Also filing to run for Place 2 is William J. Meridith.

By Francesca D' Annunzio
Francesca D'Annunzio covers K-12 and higher education, development, planning and zoning, and transportation in Frisco and McKinney. She attended college at the University of Texas at Austin, where she reported for the Daily Texan and interned for the Austin Chronicle. When she's not reporting, she enjoys spending time outdoors and experimenting in the kitchen.