Unopposed candidates walk into new terms


Candidates for Kilgore City Council and the Kilgore ISD School Board will gain their posts unchallenged, and the City of Kilgore will cancel upcoming polling after no challengers stepped up in the past month.

The filing deadline closed at 5 p.m. Friday, and neither Kilgore City Clerk Deborah Dane nor Kilgore ISD's Shelley Turner reported any opposed races between three posts in the cycle on the council dais and two trustee seats in rotation at KISD.

No contested races means no election, Dane confirmed Friday. She's taking the necessary steps to cancel the annual polling with city council members sign-off.

It spares the city some expense, she noted, in addition to the effort.

“It's about $5,000 if we have to pay for the entire election,” Dane said. “Last year we had to pay for the whole thing.”

At Kilgore City Hall, incumbents Merlyn Holmes, Neil Barr and Victor Boyd will retain Places 1, 3 and 4, respectively. At Kilgore ISD, Reggie Hensen gets a new term in Place 4 and Alan Clark, the lone filer for Place 3, will replace outgoing trustee Jon Slagle when the election results take effect in May.