Former Council Member Gary Henson to challenge incumbent Ritch Wheeler for mayor of Shenandoah in May 5 election

Shenandoah held its first town hall meeting of the year May 15.

Shenandoah held its first town hall meeting of the year May 15.

The candidate-filing period for a place on the May 5 municipal ballot closed Feb. 16. As of Feb. 19, two races in Shenandoah remain unopposed, while the race for the position of mayor has two candidates, according to city officials.

Mayor M. Ritchey “Ritch” Wheeler filed for re-election and will be facing challenger and former Council Member Gary Henson.

Positions 1 and 5, held by council members Ron Raymaker and Michael “Mike” McLeod, respectively, are also up for election this year; however, both races remain uncontested. Both incumbents filed for re-election.

Although the formal filing deadline closed Friday, candidates can write-in candidate names until Feb. 20 and candidates may withdraw from the ballot through Feb. 23.

The last day to register to vote for the May 5 election is April 5, with the early voting period running April 23-May 1. The last day to apply for ballot by mail is April 24.

For more information about the May 5 Shenandoah City Council election, click here.
By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.



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