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Information to Run for Office

If you are planning to run for office in Amarillo, this May, here is the information you need to know.

As candidates begin announcing their candidacy for various local offices, the filing period for these offices is rapidly approaching. Offices will be up on school boards and on the Amarillo City Councils during the May 6th election. But how do you run? Here is the information you need to know:

City of Amarillo (Mayor and City Council)

The offices of Amarillo Mayor and City Council will be on the ballot in May. Announced candidates for Mayor include Jeremy Bryant, Renea Dauntes, and Ginger Nelson. Candidates for City Council include James Schenck (Place 2), Eddy Sauer (Place 3), and Howard Smith (Place 4).

To run for the office, a candidate must be registered to vote in Amarillo, and must not be indebted to the City or hold in any other office of emolument. Candidates must also be residents of Amarillo for at least 12 months, preceding the election.

At the time of filing, candidates must also pay $100.

Amarillo Independent School District

Four seats on the Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees will be up for election in May. Those positions are currently occupied by James Allen, John Ben Blanchard, Eric Darnell, and Renee McCown.

To run for AISD Board of Trustees, a candidate must be registered to vote, have not been convicted of a felony charge, and must be a resident of the Amarillo Independent School District

Amarillo College

Three seats on the Amarillo College Board of Regents will be up for election in May. Those seats are currently held by Jay L. Barrett, Michele Fortunato, and Neal D. Nossaman.

To run for Amarillo College Board of Regents, a candidate must obtain an official election packet from Joy Brenneman at Amarillo College. Candidates must call ahead to reserve a packet.

Candidates for all offices must be filed by February 17th. Candidates may begin filing applications on January 18th.

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