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Public servants prepare for filing period; some seeking re-election

By Richard Yeakley
Jan. 12, 2013 at 10 p.m.

With the candidate filing period soon to open to run for city government, several sitting public servants, including one Longview councilman and three area mayors, have confirmed they intend to run for re-election in May.

Longview District 6 Councilman Sidney Allen is one of the handful of elected officials that said this week they intend to run for re-election.

Allen will finish his second term serving on Longview's City Council this year; the city of Longview imposes a maximum of three three-year terms for all seven positions.

"When I first started with the City Council it was out of necessity. The City Council was in a rough spot, but it has improved. We now have an excellent city government and excellent team of senior city employees," Allen said.

District 5, represented by councilman Richard Manley, and District 6 are the two Longview positions open for re-election in May's general election.

Manley has only served one term and is eligible to run to retain his position if he so chooses. He was not available for comment on his intentions late this past week.

It takes several years for members of a city government to learn to work smoothly with each other, Allen said.

His words were echoed by sitting Kilgore Mayor Ronnie Spradlin, who is also up for re-election in May.

"Well, we have new people heading up many departments and they have plans for police, fire and public works; so, we need to see them to fruition and keep things headed in the right direction," said Spradlin, who confirmed he planned to run for reelection.

Several other area mayors also confirmed they would try to keep their seat in May.

Hallsville's mayor, Jerri Medrano, said she was taught long ago to serve her community and was happy with the progress she said Hallsville has seen during her first part of two-year terms.

"Someone told me along time ago, 'Get involved in your community … that's the place you can make the difference,'" Medrano said.

In Hallsville, two aldermen also must run for re-election.

The senior member of the city council James Mizell, said this week he would seek re-election and serve the city until he was no longer able.

Doris Coleman, Hallsville's other alderman up for re-election said she has not decided whether she will seek re-election.

The city of Hallsville elects their alderman at an at-large basis, where any resident of the city can run for election and the two candidates with the most votes in their favor fill the open seats on the governing body.

Gilmer's longtime mayor R.D. Cross also will seek re-election.

"It is real important to have good people that are interested in running the city," Cross said.

Cross has been in office for four terms and served as the Upshur County sheriff before taking over as mayor.

" I am going to run again. I will be there (turning in my application) the first day I can," Cross said.

Applications to be on the May ballot for Texas cities can be picked up at most city halls and may be returned between Jan. 30 and March 1.



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