Texas candidates seek city offices

By Michelle Seeber

The deadline to file for candidacy in Texas city elections was 5 p.m. Monday. Elections for city positions will be held in May.
Muleshoe, Friona and Farwell all have three city offices each for which candidates are seeking election.
In Muleshoe, Daniel Guzman, Richard Orozco and Freddy Santos have all filed for District 1 seat on the city council, while Kristi Price is a candidate for the District 2 seat, along with Cindi Parker and James Roy Jones.
Janet Claborn, Muleshoe’s director of economic development, said Cliff Black has filed for the mayor’s race.
“He … has been serving as the mayor pro-tem in place of Victor Leal, who moved from the area,” she said.
Guzman recently was elected in a run-off for the District 1 seat on the council. He defeated Richard Orozco in a 26-23 vote.
Of the candidates, Guzman owns a trucking business; Orozco is employed by a local business; Parker is an office business manager at Park View; and Price is business owner of a flower shop.
In Farwell, three alderman positions were open.
“All three incumbents have filed,” Farwell City Secretary Cynthia Thigpen said. “They are Wayne Gruben, Don Geries and Ysleta Kittrell.”
No one else has filed to run for those offices, she said.
There are write-ins, however.
In Friona, the mayor’s seat is open, and incumbent John Taylor is the only person who has filed for it, said Terri Johnson, Friona City Secretary.
“We also have two alderman positions open and four people running,” Johnson said. “They are incumbents Ronnie Stevick and Martha Barker and the two candidates who filed to run against them, Wesley Barnett and Jayson Grimsley.”