The final list of candidates to file for City offices in Red Oak have been announced, following the 5-p.m. Thursday deadline to return nomination papers. In Red Oak, five candidates are in the running for mayor: Bill Billings, Junior, Larry Brandstetter, Bill Haufle, James A. Johnson and Jeff VanScoy.
Incumbent Mayor Ted Schoonover had announced earlier this year he would not be seeking reelection, since he was appointed to the auditor’s post in Montgomery County. Brandstetter is currently Red Oak’s 3rd Ward councilman. Two candidates look to fill his seat: Councilman At-Large Larry Barnett and Steve Fenn.
And, with Barnett looking to take over the 3rd Ward seat, three candidates have filed to run for his at-large spot on the Council, including Dennis Jones, Jeanice Lester and Russell Williams. Another incumbent, Roger Waggener, faces a challenge for re-election to his 1st Ward seat, from John Haidsiak and Scott Keith.