Today (Friday) was the deadline for candidates to file for most municipal and other local offices on the May 6 uniform election ballot. A few local jurisdictions have other deadlines. In general, candidates have one week to withdraw from their respective races after the filing deadline.

Amarillo: Council member Randy Burkett decided not to seek re-election. Charles Sauer and Clarence Thomas Warren II are the only filed candidates for the seat. Overall, three seats are now open including the mayor’s. The mayoral candidates are Renea Dauntes, James Lowder and Ginger Nelson.

Dallas: Eleven of the 14 council races are contested, including every district south of the Trinity River, although several candidates have not yet been qualified by the city secretary. We will take a closer look at the Dallas council races next week.

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