Election 2015: Dean won't endorse in mayoral race
In City Speak
April 7, 2015 at 11:38 a.m.
Longview's outgoing mayor will not back one of the men looking to replace him.
"Absolutely not," said Mayor Jay Dean, who will finish 10 years as mayor and 17 years total on the City Council in May. "I believe it is up to the citizens of Longview."
Three men are seeking to replace Dean as the head of the City Council.
Dr. Andy Mack is a former councilman who served with Dean on the council and ran against him for mayor in 2005 when Dean was first elected.
District 5 Councilman Richard Manley represents Dean's northwest district and has served under Dean for five years.
Candidate G. Floyd and the two others are campaigning for voters support in the May 9 election.
Until recently Floyd had not been actively campaigning, but recently began attending and speaking at forums.
"I respect both men. I have served with both men," Dean said of Manley and Mack.
Dean said he was focused on making sure there was a smooth hand off to new city leadership, which will face a sizable turnover on the City Council.
Dean said one role he was playing in the election was to make sure the candidates were informed.
"I have been in constant contact with Dr. Mack, keeping him up to speed," said Dean, noting that as a current council member Manley was more intimately familiar with recent council decisions.
Thursday marks the last day to register to vote to eligible for the city-wide election.
Early voting will begin April 27 and continue through May 5.
Election day voting May 9 will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.