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With yard signs popping up around the city, it is time to learn who is who and when you can have a say who will be who come November.

City Elections …

The Kennedale City Council has five elected members plus an elected mayor. Terms of office are for 2 years and positions are staggered so that only three positions are up for elections in any given year. This year (even year) the Mayor and Place 2 and 4 are up for election.

Normally local elections are held in May of each year but due to COVID-19 concerns, the elections were postponed until November 3, 2020. This is true for Kennedale ISD school board elections.

Mayoral candidates …

Running for the position of City Mayor this year is the sitting Mayor Brian Johnson who is running for his fourth two-year term. He is being challenged by Jerrick “JD” Drayen, a local realtor. This is in the order of appearance on the ballot.

Council Place 2 candidates …

Gary Mitchell, self-employed, is challenging incumbent Chris Pugh, warehouse manager, who is completing his first two-year term in office.

Council Place 5 …

This place is uncontested and is currently held by Linda Rhodes who is completing her first term in office. She filed for re-election.

School District Elections …

The Kennedale ISD school board has seven members who each serve for three-year terms. Places on the board are staggered over three years so that two are elected each year with the exception of the third year when three places are up for election.

This year two positions are up for with election, Place 6 and Place 7.

Place 6 Candidates …

Shawn Ham is the incumbent but he is retiring from the board. Three individuals have declared for the position on the school board – Darryl Owens, Bailey Torcoletti, and Reggie Brown, a write-in candidate.

Place 7 Candidates …

Felicia Moody and John Hunt (incumbent – 10 years).

Voting …

  • Last day to register to vote: Monday, October 5, 2020
  • Early voting begins:  Tuesday, October 13, 2020
  • Last day for early voting: Friday, October 30, 2020
  • Election day: Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Applications for Ballots by Mail …

Applications for early voting by mail in Tarrant County may be delivered to the Early Voting Clerk, 2700 Premier Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76111, FAX: 817-831-6118, email: votebymail@tarrantcounty.com to be received not later than the close of business on October 23, 2020 for a November 3, 2020 election. Early Voting ballots shall be mailed to Early Voting Clerk, P.O. Box 961011, Fort Worth, Texas, 76161-0011.

Where to vote …

Voters in Tarrant County can now vote at any polling place within the County both during Early Voting and on Election Day. The local polling place for the City of Kennedale is the Community Center in the Kennedale Public Library (316 W 3rd Street, Kennedale, TX 76060).

For early election dates and time plus all local election, information check out the City of Kennedale Election page @ http://www.cityofkennedale.com/108/Elections-Elecciones

Information in this article obtained from the websites for the Kennedale ISD @ https://www.kennedaleisd.net/Page/9 and the City of Kennedale @ http://www.cityofkennedale.com/

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