By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal
The city of Commerce will not be holding an election this year as individuals are running unopposed for the two open city council seats.
Place 1, currently held by John Sands, who did not file for re-election, will be held by Jean Klause, who has lived in Commerce for the past 48 years.
Richard Hill ran unopposed for his re-election as Place 3 on the Commerce City Council.
Three of the four places on the Commerce Independent School District Board of Trustees are being run for unopposed for the May 11 election.
After serving more than a decade, Place 1 member Bob McLeroy is stepping down. His seat will be occupied by Kathleen Hooten, who is an educator and has lived in Commerce for the past 13 years.
Incumbent Gabe Wittkopf, a Commerce firefighter who has held his position at Place 2 since 2010, will keep his seat.
Etta Herring, who was appointed to the board last July, is also running unopposed for her unexpired position as Place 7 on the board.
Karen Maxwell, a merchandiser who has lived in the district for three years, and Michael Beane, who has two daughters who attend Commerce schools, are running for the open seat on Place 3 being left by J. Russell Armstrong. Armstrong is stepping down from the position he has held since 2004.