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Nonpartisan Denton city elections are anything but, campaign filings show

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Hudspeth and Meltzer

Gerard Hudspeth, left, and Paul Meltzer — who were running for mayor at the time — appear in an April 14 candidate forum presented by the League of Women Voters of Denton at City Hall.

In May 2017, Texas Monthly reported that the partisans, both Republican and Democrat, were coming for city and school elections, which have been traditionally nonpartisan in Texas and which political reporter R.G. Ratcliffe deemed “the final bastion of party free elections.”

The Texas Democratic Party and some Republicans, according to Texas Monthly’s Ratcliffe, sought “to make elections in the Lone Star State even more partisan. … Even if city charters and school district laws call for non-partisan elections, the parties want to erase that line.”

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CHRISTIAN McPHATE can be reached at 940-220-4299 and via Twitter at @writerontheedge.

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