Arlington mayor leaning toward seeking 6th term

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Four Arlington City Council incumbents say they plan to run for re-election in May, while longtime Mayor Robert Cluck has not officially announced whether he will seek a sixth two-year term.

Filing for the May 11 council election begins Jan. 30 and runs through March 1, according to the city secretary's office.

Besides the mayor's seat, those in Districts 3, 4, 5 and 8 are up for grabs.

Cluck, 73, said he is "probably going to file" but isn't ready to formally announce.

"I've enjoyed being mayor for the past 10 years. I would hate to give it up," Cluck said. "It's looking positive."

Cluck works in the morning four days a week at Texas Health Resources Arlington Memorial Hospital, where he is vice president for medical affairs, before turning his attention to his mayoral duties.

"It's a hard schedule. I enjoy being busy," said Cluck, who served two terms on the council before he ran for the mayor's seat in 2003 after Mayor Elzie Odom stepped down. "I'm not looking to decrease my workload yet."

District 3

Robert Rivera, a vice president of a commercial real estate company, said he will seek his fifth term as the District 3 representative.

Rivera, 41, has lived in southeast Arlington since 1974 and has more than 20 years of community service.

Rivera, who first ran for City Council at age 18, has expressed interest in one day running for mayor.

"While I feel very honored to have heard from so many great folks in Arlington these past few months about the possibility of serving as mayor, I am content for now on staying very focused on what the citizens have elected me to do on their behalf," Rivera said. "That is to serve them to the best of my ability as a member of the City Council."

District 4

Kathryn Wilemon, 75, said she will seek her sixth term as the District 4 representative for west Arlington.

Wilemon, who represents the city on the Regional Transportation Council, said improving mobility remains among her top priorities.

"There are things on the horizon we have been working on for years that might come to fruition in the next two years," said Wilemon, citing examples such as high-speed rail through the region. "Hopefully I will be able to have input and background knowledge I think will be valuable to the community."

District 5

Longtime east-central council representative Lana Wolff said it would "be a real privilege to continue serving" District 5.

"I think we've made some progress in continuing to work on our strong-neighborhood initiatives," said Wolff, 66, who is seeking her sixth term. "I certainly want to continue working on projects such as our aging problematic apartments."

District 8

Michael Glaspie, 65, said he will run for his first full two-year term as an at-large representative.

Glaspie, a former Arlington school trustee, won a special election last May to fill the late Gene Patrick's unexpired term as the District 8 representative.

"It is an honor to serve this community, and I want to capitalize on the experience I have gained in helping make Arlington an even better place to live," Glaspie said.

Online: www.arlingtontx.gov/citycouncil

Susan Schrock, 817-709-7578

Twitter: @susanschrock

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