Candidates file for Whitney city and school positions ahead of elections


Both the City of Whitney and Whitney Independent School District will need to hold elections on the Saturday, May 1, election date, with multiple candidates filing for positions.
Four candidates filed to seek the mayor’s position in Whitney. Mayor Trey Jetton did not file to run for another term, but Ken Scales, Jerry Barker, Ronie Lerma and Brad Slaten all filed as candidates.
There are also two City Council seats available, currently held by Brian Burkhart and Robin Sliva. Neither incumbent is seeking another term, but Jason Ince and Sam Pierce filed as candidates.
Whitney ISD will also require an election to fill three school board positions. The seats held by Jill Hall, Annette Ayers and Jason Sneed are expiring, and Sneed was the only candidate to file for re-election.
He will be joined on the ballot by Ramey Branscum, Donna Brunson, Charles Buzan, Matthew T. Copeland, Anne Green, Stephen Hunt and Ray Watson.
The City of Blum only had one candidate file for three available council spots, with Ty Thomas filing for a seat. Blum ISD will also not need an election, after incumbents Joe Maxwell and Jonathan Arrington filed to keep their seats and were unopposed.
The City of Covington will not need an election after the incumbents—James Milam, Jessica Utter and Holly Reyna—were the only ones to file for re-election.
Covington ISD will need an election after four candidates filed for three available spots on the board. Incumbents David Shane Johnson and Kevin Ray will be joined by Cody Nickell and Joe Reitz on the ballot.
Early voting in the Saturday, May 1, election will begin Monday, April 19.