Johnny Martin has agreed to fill the role in the city council vacated by Linda James at Monday night’s meeting.

The Reporter sat down with Martin to learn a little more about him.

Martin is a longtime resident of Glen Rose. He and his wife Marvilene were both born and raised here. They have been married for 52 years and have two sons both of whom work in Glen Rose.

Martin has served on the city council before at different times since the 1970s. He had signed up for the May 2018 election but his daughter-in-law Pearl was being interviewed for head of the CVB and if he won she would have to be terminated. Martin pulled his name before the ballots had been printed.

Martin explained it is not a problem now and if a family member comes before the board he just will recuse himself from the vote.

When asked what qualities he will bring to the position he said, “My best quality is that I am very, very conservative. I feel I will serve the taxpayers’ best interest when spending their money.”

Martin and his wife like to go antiquing and he has a 1964 Corvette he likes to work on and take to car shows. Their home was built in 1912 and was originally a sanatorium and then a doctor’s office.

Martin would like the citizens of Glen Rose to know he has an open door policy.

“Anyone and everyone feel free to call me about issues and I will help get it addressed. I am very open to communication,” said Martin. “In fact one of the things I love about living here is Glen Rose still has a neighborly feel. I still meet up with classmates for coffee.”

Martin plans on running for the position permanently in 2019.