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The Ballot is Set: Amarillo Voters Now Know Choices for May 6th

The ballot is set for what will be one of the most interesting elections in recent memory.

On Friday, Potter County Republican Party chairman Jim Lowder filed his candidacy for Mayor, to kick off the final day of filing. Incumbent Place 4 Councilmember Mark Nair filed in the afternoon, along with former Congressional candidate Elaine Hays for Place 1, followed by truck restoration company owner Tom Warren II for City Council Place 3.

In the race for Amarillo College Board of Regents, the field was rounded out by the filing of Sandra Dunn. Dunn first ran for Mayor of Amarillo, in 2011, as the first transgender candidate to ever seek the office.

There were no new filings for Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees. Incumbent James Allen filed his paperwork yesterday, moving the field to 5 candidates.

The ballot is now set. Early voting will be held from April 24th to May 2nd. Election day is on May 6th.

The Candidates

Mayor of Amarillo
•    Renea Dauntes
•    Jim Lowder
•    Ginger Nelson

Amarillo City Council Place 1
•    Elisha L. Demerson
•    Elaine Hays

Amarillo City Council Place 2
•    Freda Powell
•    James Schenck

Amarillo City Council Place 3
•    C. Eddy Sauer
•    Tom Warren II

Amarillo City Council Place 4
•    Mark Nair
•    Howard Smith

Amarillo College Board of Regents
•    Jay L. Barrett
•    Sandra Dunn
•    Michele Fortunato
•    Sally Jennings
•    Daniel Martinez
•    Donald L. Nicholson
•    Danny South
•    Thomas "T3" Warren III
•    Alfonso Zambrano

Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees
•    James Allen
•    John Ben Blanchard
•    Eric Darnell
•    Renee McCown
•    Christy Cooper Wilkinson

Photo by the Houston Chronicle

Photo by the Houston Chronicle

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