The filing period for school board seats began last week for the May 12 election. But as of Friday afternoon only a handful of candidates had filed for the available seats in Johnson County.

Cleburne ISD school board vice president Brad Mead and board member Brad Allen both filed their candidacies Monday to defend their Place 7 and Place 6 seats, respectively. The places are the only spots up for election this year in Cleburne.

In Burleson, Beverly Volkman-Powell, mother of mayor Ken Shetter, took over Claude E. “Bobo” Badgett’s Place 6 seat Monday after he vacated his position last year. She’ll hold the seat until the May election, when she will face, at least, Michael Ancy for the seat. The two filed for the position Wednesday. So far, Ancy and Volkman-Powell are the only candidates to file, though board members Tim Cline and Charles Kirk’s terms also expire in May.

In Godley, incumbent board members James McGehee and Brett Neill filed for re-election. Their seats are the only GISD contests in this year’s election.

No candidates have filed for election in Joshua ISD, though board President Randy Watson, Secretary Myra Pruitt and member Paula Palmer all have terms that expire in May.

In Alvarado, board vice president Jim Bosley’s Place 1 seat, Kelly Price’s Place 2 seat and Ted Dossey’s Place 3 seat are up for election this year, though there have not been any filings.

Two seats are up for election in Rio Vista this year, those belonging to board members Jackie Mears and Bart Martin. However, there have been no candidate filings thus far.

No candidates have filed for election to Grandview’s two at-large seats, held by board President Clint Ishmael and Scott Tekell.

Keene’s election may get pushed to November, because new state ordinances mandate that city and school board elections must fall concurrently. Keene city elections are in November, and the school board is expected to decide on the matter Monday at a regular meeting. The seats of board members Clem Hobbs and Elbert Domino are up for election this year.

Philip Navarrette can be reached at

817-645-2441, ext. 2337,


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