If no one files as an official write-in candidate for either Glen Rose City Council or mayor by Tuesday’s deadline, by law the May 6, 2017 election for those positions will be canceled.
Glen Rose Mayor Sam Moody, along with one of the two City Council members whose terms also expire this year, opted not to run again. Council member Mike Jones chose not to run after serving two terms.
Current council member Dennis Moore filed an application last Thursday to run again, and Sue Oldenburg filed to run for mayor. Previously, Linda James also became a candidate for one of the two at-large city council positions.
The other three council members — Doug Mitchell, Robert Marquez and Sandra Ramsay — are in the middle of their two-year terms.
The deadline for filing to have your name on the ballot for the upcoming May 6election was 5 p.m. last Friday. But write-in candidates have until 5 p.m.tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 21) to file with City Secretary Terri Johnson at City Hall. As a cost-saving measure, the city council election won’t be staged if no one files as a write-in.
The election date is shared by the Glen Rose Independent School District, which had five candidates for three expiring positions on its Board of Trustees as of Friday’s deadline to get on the ballot. Write-in candidates for the Board of Trustees election have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to file with Judy Shipman at the GRISD administration building on Stadium Drive.
At last week’s City Council meeting, Oldenburg was recognized as the Glen Rose Citizen of the Year, which is determined by vote of the city’s residents on ballots that are mailed out with water bills.
Oldenburg, 78, who was born in Michigan, moved to Glen Rose from Arizona in 2007. She served on the Glen Rose City Council for one term, from 2011-2013. Oldenburg ran for City Council here once before that, and once after that. She became a member of the Glen Rose Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors last year.
Oldenburg is president of the Somervell County Committee on Aging, and served four years on its board of directors.
“I represent the people. I do not represent Sue Oldenburg,” she said. “I feel you need (an) older person that has experienced a little bit of life. I want the town to grow in a good manner.”
Oldenburg, whose husband (Pat) died four years ago, worked for 23 years in customer service at a bank in Minnesota, where she later served as clerk of a township for eight years.
She said she would offer easy access to Glen Rose residents if she becomes mayor so that she can learn what their needs are.
“I want people’s ideas. I want to hear from them,” Oldenburg said. “I want to know what they want.”
She said that her experience working in customer service means that she’s good at “talking to people” as well as listening.
“Generally, I want to see this town grow in a manner that is safe, and have people enjoy the things (Glen Rose has) to offer,” Oldenburg said. “It’s a wonderful town and we need to explore the possibilties. How can we make the town grow in a safe and sane manner?”
Oldenburg said she is active in the Paluxy River Bluegrass Association, having served as that group’s secretary in the past.
Moore is a Glen Rose native who graduated from Glen Rose High School in 1980 and served as mayor for one term (2013-2015). Moore was on the City Council for one term prior to his stint as mayor.
He graduated from Arlington Baptist College in 1987 as a Bible major, and is pastor of Grace Baptist Church near Oakdale Park. He has been a pastor for 27 years.
“I love the town. It’s my home,” said Moore, who was away from Glen Rose from 1980-1989 when he lived in Waco attending TSTI, where he earned a degree in horticulture. “
Moody stated in an email to the Glen Rose Reporter, “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Glen Rose for the past two years. I feel that the Council members and I have positively worked to enhance the community and services provided to the citizens. I wish the community and city government all the best in their future endeavors.”
In the meantime, she has other plans.
“My husband and I have always dreamed of traveling throughout the U.S,” Moody said. “Now that my husband is retired, we have decided to fulfill this dream.”
Moody, who retired from the Army in 1996, said she would not rule out the possibility of running for local office again some day.
She stated, “I spent 20 years in the Army because I firmly believe that service to this nation in any capacity, at any level is a worthy and rewarding endeavor.
Jones said that he “thoroughly enjoyed working with the city the last four years,” but noted, “I’ve got a lot of other concerns I have to take care of the next four or five months.”
Jones added that he feels everyone needs to have a chance to serve in the government in some capacity, and “this is the perfect opportunity to step up.”