Mayor Jeff Williams filed Tuesday for re-election to a second term, saying he wants to “continue the momentum of success” that has included the recent creation of 6,000 jobs and a $2-billion-plus investment in the community.
Also three of the four City Council members whose terms are expiring have filed for re-election since the candidate filing period started Jan. 18. They are District 4 Councilwoman Kathryn Wilemon, District 5 Councilwoman Lana Wolff and at-large District 8 Councilman Michael Glaspie.
District 3 Councilman Robert Rivera has announced that he won’t seek re-election to a seventh two-year term, citing his desire to spend more time with family.
Marvin Sutton, an air traffic controller who has run previously, has filed for Rivera’s seat. Businesswoman Roxanne Thalman announced last year that she would seek the seat.
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The filing period continues through Feb. 17. Election day is May 6.
Wolff, who also filed Tuesday, said she wants to keep pushing numerous big projects in her district, including work on the new central library in downtown, major improvements to Abram Street and New York Avenue, and the soon-to-begin construction on a major combo building that will house a rebuilt East Branch Library and new recreation center.
“I want to tee it up for the future,” Wolff said.
Williams, a civil engineer who won a hard-fought campaign against longtime Mayor Robert Cluck in 2015, said economic activity has been gaining steam of late, marked by “all kinds of small businesses” that have moved to Arlington, and many others that are planning expansions.
“And we continue on a very aggressive pace on repairing our streets,” Williams said, pointing out that about $100 million in street reconstruction projects have begun in the past year and a half.
The biggest fish, of course, was winning voter approval for a new $1 billion retractable-roof stadium for the Texas Rangers.
Williams said he would have filed on the opening day last week but he was away attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the presidential inauguration.
“There’s no need to wait,” he said. “I’m excited about the future.”