The first person to officially file to be on the 2017 ballot to run for the Glen Rose City Council is Linda James, who is retired after working for the Department of Defense for 33 years.

The position of Glen Rose mayor along with two places on the five-member at-large City Council that expire this year, will be up for election on Saturday, May 6. In addition to the expiring terms of council members Mike Jones and Dennis Moore, the mayoral spot currently held by Sam Moore will also be on the ballot.

As of press time, James is the lone City Council candidate. Also so far, no one filed to run for mayor, including Moore. The deadline for filing is Feb. 17.

James and her husband, Gary, have lived in Glen Rose for almost four years.

“We love the people, the small town feel, and the generosity of the community,” said James, who was born in Cheverly, Maryland and is 66.

James said she is excited to be making her first-ever run for a city council seat. She stated that as a retired person, she will be able to dedicate herself “100 percent” to the City Council and bring a lot to the table.

“I truly believe it’s very important to take an active role in the city in which one lives,” James said. “It’s a commitment I”m willing and ready to make at this time in my life.”

James attended Northern Virginia Community College and the University of Maryland, where she earned as associate degree in Political Science and a bachelor’s degree in Business.

James noted that in her years with the Department of Defense, she worked on budgets and logistical plans, served on special task and study groups, prepared reports and interfaced with various other agencies.

“Fact-finding, making recommendations on a proposed course of action, and formulating written documents after face to face discussions with individuals, was an every day occurrence,” she said. “I have strong people skills, and I will bring new energy, and new perspectives and ideas to our City Council.

“I have the innate ability to work with individuals and to generate enthusiasm and promote harmony within groups. I also have the strength to say ’no’ and to make recommendations that we start over, or that we revisit things in order to come up with the decision that will bring a win/win end result.”

She added that it’s important to be well-informed on the issues in order to avoid making bad decisions that could undermine work done in the past.