Candidate filing period now open for May 4 elections in Tomball, Magnolia


The application period opened Wednesday, Jan. 16, for candidates wishing to file for a place on the May 4 ballot, according to election information. A number of City Council and school board trustee seats are up for election this year in Tomball and Magnolia.

The deadline to file for a place on the May 4 ballot is Friday, Feb. 15.

Tomball City Council members approved a resolution Jan. 7 ordering an election for May 4. The election will be for council position 3—currently held by Chad Degges—and mayor—currently held by Gretchen Fagan—according to City Secretary Doris Speer. Terms span three years.

Additionally multiple council positions are on the ballot in the city of Magnolia. Council positions 1, 2 and 3 currently held by Matthew Dantzer, John Bramlett and Richard Carby, respectively, are up for election, according to city information. Council members are elected to two-year terms.

The filing period is also open for candidates wishing to run for a position on the Magnolia ISD board of trustees. Positions 1, 2 and 3 currently held by Kelly McDonald, Sonja Ebel and Gary Blizzard have terms expiring in 2019, according to district information. Trustees serve three-year terms.

Interested applicants can obtain an application via the Texas secretary of state’s website. Applications, respectively, can be filed with the city secretaries or at the Magnolia ISD administration building located on Nichols Sawmill Road.

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Anna Lotz
Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.
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