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Council filing period under way

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Election season has quietly rolled around in the City of Bandera this year as applications are being accepted at City Hall from residents who want to run for one of the three places open on Bandera City Council, including the mayor’s post.

The application period for the November general election started officially on Saturday, July 18, but in reality on Monday, July 20, since City Hall is closed on the weekends.

Registered voters in Bandera who want to seek office have until the end of the business day on Aug. 17 to file for office. City Hall, at 511 Main St. in Bandera, is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mayor Suzanne Schauman, who is nearing the end of her second term in office, said earlier this week that she has not decided if she will seek a third term.

“It changes day to day,” said the mayor. “I really don’t know what I’ll do.”

Aside from the mayor’s post, two of the five council positions will be up for a vote in November.

Those posts currently are held by council members who were appointed to office earlier this year, former Mayor Don Clark in April and retired businesswoman Rosie Smith in May.

Clark was appointed to replace former Councilman Brice Cavanaugh, who resigned in March, while Smith won the nomination to replace former Councilman Glenn Clark, who resigned in April.

Both Don Clark and Smith have the option of running for a full, two-year term on council this year .

Those who plan on running for the posts should stop by Bandera City Hall to pick up an application packet.

Bandera City Secretary Jill Shelton also can answer questions about filing details. She can be reached at 830-796-3765 or by email at