The Nov. 5 elections will offer many choices to voters in four Randolph Metrocom cities, with several mayoral and city council spots up for grabs.
Controversy has surrounded Mayor Stan ”Stosh” Boyle, who recently survived an attempt by the City Council to oust him after a felony drug conviction was revealed. The motion ended in 3-3 tie, with five votes required to force a resignation.
State law says a candidate must be pardoned or otherwise cleared to run for office.
Boyle now must defeat two challengers to secure a second term. His opponents are registered nurse Glenda Henry and pool designer Kara Latimer.
District 2 incumbent and Army retiree Verlin “Doug” Garrett faces project manager Steven Quinn.
Place 3 incumbent Brian Byrd filed for reelection, but then withdrew after the application deadline. One other resident, Reggie Bone, who works in retail, did file for Place 3 and is the lone candidate for that position.
In a 2017 rematch, District 7 incumbent Joel Hicks, who is retired, opposes Glenn Weber, a cybersecurity worker.
Longtime Mayor Al Suarez faces two councilwomen, Deborah James and Kate Silvas of places 2 and 4, respectively, in the race for the city’s top slot.
Currently a Bexar County Criminal District Courts Adult Probation Department employee, Suarez seeks an unprecedented seventh term as mayor.
Colleagues voted to remove James from the council in June 2018 after she missed consecutive meetings over a nearly three-month stretch.
At the time, she was recovering from medical procedures. James returned to the dais after winning an election last November.
Silvas first won a spot then, too. Previously, she served as executive director for the city’s Economic Development Corp.
Place 1 incumbent Kathy Richel vies against Billy Ortiz, a cybersecurity analyst; entrepreneur David Hayes; retired teacher Ray Garcia; and Troy Kilhefner, a customer-service representative. Hayes, Ortiz and Garcia are past council candidates.
Place 3 incumbent Shawn Russell, a coding manager, competes against former Councilwoman Nancy Droneburg and military retiree Chip Coleman. Russell bettered Droneburg by one vote in a 2017 contest.
Incumbent Chris Clark in Place 5, a property manager, squares off with retiree Jeff Beehler, and former Fire Chief Richard Wendt. Clark topped Beehler in the Place 2 election of 2016.
Beehler ran for council again in 2017, losing to Joan Lindgren in Place 5. However, when Lindgren resigned the following June, Beehler was tapped as the replacement.
The town will see a new mayor; Michael Carpenter declined a reelection bid after 14 years in public office.
Two current councilmen, Ralph Gutierrez of Place 2 and Place 4’s Cedric Edwards, are running to succeed Carpenter alongside former Councilman Carl Douglas.
Douglas is an Air Force retiree and lay minister; Edwards is a business owner; and Gutierrez is retired.
Place 1 incumbent Mark Davis, a federal government employee, is facing Eddie Peoples, a military retiree and private investigator.
Jeremy Wells and Rosemary Scott are running to fill Gutierrez’s Place 2 spot.
Wells is a Kids Involvement Network site supervisor in the North East Independent School District. Scott teaches in the Judson Independent School District.
Ex-Mayor Alan Baxter filed for a rematch with incumbent Dan Reese, to whom he lost in 2017.
Former Councilman Gerd Erich Jacobi, who declined a reelection bid in 2018, seeks the Place 4 seat, challenging first-term incumbent Frank Archuleta.
Wes Manning, a 2018 candidate, is also running for the post. Manning is a military and law-enforcement veteran.
Place 5 Councilwoman Joan Pedrotti is unopposed.
In a special election, Windcrest voters will also fill a Place 1 spot expiring next November. Sherilyn Flick resigned in March, a few months into her first term in office.
Bill Zulaica is challenging Wes Manning for the spot.
Zulaica is an Army veteran and retired insurance agent.
Only incumbent trustees filed in Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District: Board Secretary Gerald Perkins (Place 1); Board President Robert Westbrook (Place 2); and Letticia Sever (Place 3). Terms are four years.