Police and Courts
12:13 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Tawakoni Battle Headed to Local Courtroom

With less than a month to go before the election, two candidates seeking spots on the West Tawakoni City Council are scheduled to face off in a Hunt County courtroom.

Subpoenas were ordered to be issued Monday in the court battle between the current mayor of West Tawakoni and a city council member. Jury selection is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 15.

Today is the final day to register to vote for the November 6 election ballot, which includes a city council race in West Tawakoni.

Pete Yoho and Laura Beckett are in the race for Place 2 on the West Tawakoni City Council. Carol Solomon is unopposed for the Place 4 spot. Jack Schultz and Calvin Travers are competing for the post of mayor.

Yoho, who is currently the mayor of West Tawakoni, City Administrator Cloy Richards and  West Tawakoni Maintenance Supervisor Gary Lamont Jenkins filed suit two years ago against Solomon, seeking her removal from the council due to allegations of misconduct. Richards and Jenkins later filed an order of non-suit and were dropped from the case.

But Yoho continued with the suit, filing amended petitions in March and December of last year. In return, Solomon filed a counter claim against Yoho, alleging claims of defamation and malicious persecution.

Yoho’s original suit claimed Solomon and her husband Richard used city employees and equipment to remove a tree stump from their property, replace a drain culvert and grade the driveway to their residence in late May or early June 2010, without compensating the city. Solomon has denied the allegations.