Two candidates filed for the open At-Large Place 7 seat on Richardson ISD's board of trustees last week.

Outgoing Richardson City Council Member Steve Mitchell turned in his paperwork for the election Jan. 13, while Christopher J. Poteet filed his application to run Jan. 14.

In addition to the At-Large Place 7 position, the board’s Single-Member District 1 seat will also be on the ballot in May. Incumbents in both seats have announced they do not plan to seek re-election.

District 1 trustee Jean Bono made her announcement Jan. 7, while At-Large Place 7 trustee Kim Caston announced her decision during the board’s Jan. 11 meeting.

Mitchell, who is also a former mayor of Richardson, will reach his term limit on council in May. Poteet served on the district's Bond Steering Committee, which earlier this month recommended a $750 million bond package to also appear on the May 1 ballot.

The filing window for the May 1 election opened Jan. 13 and will close Feb. 12.

Board members in RISD serve three-year staggered terms and are not subject to term limits. Five of the seven seats on the board are chosen by registered voters of specific districts, while the remaining two seats are elected at-large. This is the result of a lawsuit settled in early 2019 that accused the board of Voting Rights Act violations.

Early voting for the May 1 election is scheduled to take place April 19-April 27.