School board member Terry Moore said Monday he won’t seek a fourth term, while a fellow trustee and all three City Council incumbents up for re-election vowed to run.
The filing period for candidates seeking the five available seats in the May 9 local elections open Wednesday and runs through Feb. 27.
“I think nine years is plenty,” said Moore, who holds Place 1. “I’ve been thinking about it for six months. I started as a volunteer in this district. But I’ve got other goals and other things I want to do.”
Place 2 trustee Beth Light said she plans to file for a fourth three-year term, so she can keep involved projects such as the upcoming expansion of the Ben Barber Career Tech Academy and its course offerings and help meet the challenges of a resurgent enrollment growth.
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“When I first got on the board, we were experiencing tremendous growth,” she said. Then it stalled for several years, she noted, sparking deep cuts in state education funding. “I think my experience will benefit us as we look at the new period of high growth.”
Also available are the City Council Place 3, 4 and 5, currently occupied by Stephen Lindsey, Darryl Haynes and Cory Hoffman, respectively.
Lindsey, first elected in 2010 to an unexpired term, said that if he wins a second three-year term in May that it would be his last. After that, he wants to explore a bid for state elected office.
“It is time that Mansfield has an active voice in Austin … to proactively work and advocate for the city’s goals and objectives,” he said. His council vacancy at that time, he added, would let “other qualified, experienced and forward-thinking residents have an opportunity to serve in a leadership role in Mansfield city government.”
In the meantime, he said, he’ll continue focusing on city business that would include strengthening the city’s gas well ordinance and encouraging quality economic development that would generate budget revenues.
Haynes, first elected in 2006, is seeking a fourth term.
“It’s very clear that we have some unfinished business, and I’m not ready to pass the torch,” he said.
Haynes said he wants to help guide important revisions to the master thoroughfare plan, several major developments in South Mansfield and the expansion of the city’s burgeoning medical district.
“We’ve been working for years to make this come together,” he said, “and it’s just now happening.”
Hoffman, also a nine-year council veteran, cited those major residential projects preparing for construction in South Mansfield, and the spinoff development along Texas 360 and U.S. 287 “and everywhere between.”
“I want to continue to help with projects that are before the city and try to keep things moving in the positive direction that they are right now,” Hoffman said.
Robert Cadwallader, 817-390-7641
May 9 Election Candidacy Requirements
City Council candidates:
Must be 18 years old by May 26, the date they would be sworn into office.
Must live in the city or its unincorporated territory for the 12 months preceding the May 9 election.
Must be a qualified voter of the state of Texas for the preceding 12 months.
Candidate filing documents can be picked up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the city secretary’s office at City Hall, 1200 E. Broad St.
School Board candidates:
Must be 18 years old by the starting date of the term they are seeking.
Must be a resident of Texas for 12 months prior to the election.
Must be a resident of the school district for six months prior to the election.
Candidate filing packets can be picked from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Mansfield ISD Administration Complex, 605 E. Broad St., Building 400. The office is closed on weekends and school holidays.