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Marfa sees most crowded election field in recent times for city races

February 23rd, 2017 under Top Stories

City and school board

MARFA – Filing for the May 6 Marfa City Council and Marfa ISD School Board elections closed Friday, with city elections seeing the most crowded field in recent memory.

With Mayor Dan Dunlap leaving the office he’s held for the past 10 years, three candidates have filed for the mayoral office.

Current city council member and former Marfa mayor Genevieve Bassham, artist and educator Ann Marie Nafziger, and accountant Lineaus Hooper Lorette have filed to replace Dunlap in May.

Should Bassham win the election, it would leave a vacancy on the city council, which would be filled until the next election with a council member appointed by the council.

Two seats on city council are up for grabs, with council member Josie Simpson filing for re-election and Peter Stanley opting to not run for his seat.

Along with Simpson, Pizza Foundation co-owner Saarin Keck, retired educator and mechanic Brit Webb, retired Presidio County Appraisal District chief appraiser Irma Salgado, artist and gallery owner Meghan Gerety, and former city council and school board member Raul Lara are vying for the two available council seats.

The two candidates with the highest vote totals will take the oath of office.

The other May 6 election is for three places on the Marfa school board.

Of the three available school board seats, only Place 4 appointed incumbent Eric Wilmarth drew opponents, leading to a three-way race between game warden Wilmarth, retired educator and community volunteer Davild Walstrom, and Ranch Candy/Spare Parts co-owner Joe Pat Clayton.

Current school board member Katie Price Fowlkes is unopposed and Lori Flores was the only candidate to sign up for the trustee post currently held by Mahala Guevara, who isn’t seeking re-election.

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