Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck to seek a sixth term

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ARLINGTON -- Robert Cluck said Monday that he will seek a sixth term as Arlington's mayor.

Cluck's announcement comes less than a week after the man convicted last year for plotting to have both him and an attorney working for the city killed was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

Before Ryan Grant's Jan. 22 sentencing hearing, Cluck told the Star-Telegram that he had not made a decision whether he would seek re-election May 11.

Now, he said he's ready to put the ordeal behind him and continue working to address issues facing the city.

"I had a little concern whether my family wanted to do this again," said Cluck, 73, who read a victim's statement at Grant's sentencing hearing. "None of them batted an eye. They all said 'Go for it.' That's all it took."

Grant, who had co-owned Flashdancer Cabaret in Arlington, contacted an intermediary to hire men from Mexico to kill Cluck and Dallas attorney Tom Brandt for $10,000 each because he felt they were blocking plans for him to reopen his beleaguered strip club.

Filing for the Arlington City Council election begins Wednesday and runs through March 1, according to the city secretary's office.

Besides the mayor's seat, the Districts 3, 4, 5 and 8 council seats will also be on the ballot.

All incumbents holding those offices have said they also plan to file for re-election.

City Council members Robert Rivera and Jimmy Bennett and attorney and businessman Victor Vandergriff had all expressed interest in running for mayor this year but none said they were interested in challenging Cluck.

The opening of the YET Center in downtown Arlington for disadvantaged youth, improving regional mobility, continuing to reduce the city's crime rate and luring a convention-class hotel to the entertainment district remain top priorities for Cluck, who was first elected mayor in 2003.

"I've been blessed with a great City Council the entire 10 years I've been mayor," said Cluck, who is also vice president for medical affairs at Texas Health Resources Arlington Memorial Hospital. "There are a lot of things on the horizon."

This report contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Susan Schrock, 817-709-7578

Twitter: @susanschrock

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