Former Brownwood Mayor Bert Massey's four-year retirement from elected office is apparently going to end in May.
During the last few minutes of the last day of the filing period for the May 10 elections, Massey filed for election Friday to the Brown County Water Improvement District Board.
Massey won't have to run against anyone: 14-year board member Mark Campbell, who holds one of the two seats coming open, opted not to file for re-election. Ted Simpson, the other board member with a seat coming open, will reclaim his seat without an opponent.
Simpson, like Massey, filed Friday afternoon.
Massey's 26-year tenure as Brownwood mayor ended in May 2010 after Massey did not run for another term.
A few races developed in the closing days of the May 10 elections involving cities and school boards.
Dennis Spinks, the water district's general manager, said he doesn't think the water district will be required to have an election since there are no opposed candidates.
A few races in city and school board elections have developed.
Early City Council
The seats of Charles Matlock, Benny Allcorn and B.J. McCullough are open. All three have filed. Additionally, Norman Reich has filed.
Early school board
The seats of Place 6 trustee Chad Benton and Place 7 trustee Gary Bowen are up.
In Place 6, Benton is challenged by Dale Prochaska.
In Place 7, Tracy Ebarb and Sandy Benson have filed.
Blanket City Council
The seats of Jacob Schwab, Scotty Isham and Gary Craft are open.
Schwab and Isham have filed, as have Dewey Blanton and David Correia.
The seats of Place 1 trustee Billy Graham and Place 2 trustee Kyle Kensing are open.
In Place 1, Graham and challenger Steve Schulze have filed.
In Place 2, Kensing and challenger Mary Haynes Wilson have filed.
Brownwood City Council
The seats of Mayor Stephen Haynes, Ward 1 Councilman H.D. Jones and Ward 4 councilman Draco Miller are open. All three have filed for re-election.
With no additional filings, it appears the city will not be required to have an election.
City of Bangs
The seats of Richard Perez, Truman Westfall and Larry Williford are open. All three filed for re-election, and Larry Loman has filed.
Bangs school board
The seats of Larry Drury and Lyndyl Tidwell are open. Both have filed and do not face opposition.
Early voting in March 4 primary ends in flourish
Early voting in the March 4 primaries ended Friday, and it ended strong.
As of 6 p.m. — with an hour to go before the polling place closed — 3,268 ballots, including 423 mail-in ballots, had been cast.
Friday's count was 557 ballots.
Deputy Elections Administrator Larry Franks, quoting Elections Administrator Suzy Young, said Brown County has never had an early voting turnout this large for primary elections.
As for what it portends for Tuesday's turnout, Franks said, "I have no clue. There's no way to predict."
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.