Two candidates for Glen Rose City Council and one candidate for mayor filed to run for office by last Friday’s deadline, so the May election could be canceled for the second time in a row.
Rhonda Hawthorne, who was one of three new members approved for the city’s Planning and Zoning Board in January, became the second candidate for a spot on the City Council when she filed last week.
Current City Council member Johnny Martin, whose spot among the five at-large positions is expiring this year, previously announced that he was running and was the first to file.
Pam Miller is the lone candidate to file for the position of mayor, which has been vacant since Sue Oldenburg submitted a resignation letter dated Oct. 31, 2018. City Council member and Mayor Pro Tem Dennis Moore has been acting mayor since then.
No write-in candidates filed by the final deadline, which was 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Miller, 65, previously served as mayor of Glen Rose for three full terms and part of another, ending in 2010.
The City Council can vote to cancel the election for the City Council’s two open seats, possibly during its March meeting.
The election will still take place, however, according to Moore, because there will be one local proposition up for vote, to decide on abolishing the one-half percent sales and use tax for the Economic Development Corporation and increasing the Municipal Sales and Use Tax by one-half percent, to 1-1/2 percent.
Miller is a retired public school educator, but for the past eight years has continued to work for the Region 12 Education Service Center, located in Cranfills Gap.
When asked why she decided to run for mayor, Miller said she became troubled about the turmoil that has surrounded the resignation of the mayor and former Council member Linda James, which resulted in Martin being appointed to fill her spot until the current election cycle.
“I was concerned about that happening,” Miller said. “Glen Rose is just a very important place to me.”
She said that when she attended recent City Council meetings, she was pleased with what she saw.
“I think things look good, and I want us to continue in that manner,” said Miller, who previously was a public school teacher in Morgan and Clifton.
Miller and her husband have one son, a Somervell County resident, and a daughter, who lives in Fort Worth.
Hawthorne, 55, along with her husband Stan own and operate Miss Dixie’s Cottage on East Elm Street on the downtown square in Glen Rose. They moved here three years ago after having lived in Fredericksburg. They previously lived for 13 years in California.
“My main goal is to do what’s right for the citizens,” Hawthorne said. “Being a business owner I think is going to help me making good decisions. I’m here for the citizens.
“I’m really, really excited to be on the City Council and to work with the other members. I think we’re going to have a very strong City Council.”
Their daughter, Sami Smothers, lives in Lipan with her husband Coy and three young boys all under the age of 10.
As for the proposition to abolish the sales tax and to increase the municipal sales and use tax to 1-1/2 percent, Moore said he thinks that will be a positive step if it passes.
“I’m all for it,” Moore said. “We will be doing away with the 4-B Board, but still keep the half cent. They changed the (state) law and we can have that half cent. It goes into our general fund. Four-B is very specific on what the money can be used for.”