Three seats will be on city's May 11 ballot. Only one of them welcomed a candidate during the first week of filing.
As his first term on city council winds down, Dennis Moore is preparing for his second bid at office. He is currently closing out his first term on the Glen Rose City Council and was ready to give a second term a shot.
But Moore said his plans recently took on a new direction when he learned Mayor Pro-Tem Bob Stricklin wouldn't run for the vacant mayor's seat.
"I figured Stricklin was running, so I hadn't considered running for mayor," Moore said. "I became motivated when I found out Stricklin wasn't running. I wouldn't run against him."
Days before filing in the May 11 election opened, Stricklin surprised the community by saying he wouldn't seek election to the mayor's seat after holding the post since the death of Jean King in September.
With Stricklin out of the race, Moore filed to run for the seat on Monday.
Stricklin, whose seat is also up for re-election, doesn't plan to seek another term at all. Both his and Moore's places on the council will be up for grabs.
When asked why he wants to serve as the city's next mayor, Moore said his motivation remains the same as it was when he first stepped into the public service arena as a member of the planning and zoning commission.
"I want to be a positive representative for the city," he said.
Looking back at the last two years, Moore said he is proud of the strides the city has made, including the hiring of a city administrator and replacement of two key employees - city secretary and the code enforcement officer/building inspector after the positions were vacated. The city is also working on improving technology through the launching of a new website, possible integration of tools inside council chambers that would allow record sharing with audience members and enhanced budgeting software.
When asked about his priorities, Moore said he strives to lead a city government which offers the best services, is budget-minded and business friendly.
In the race for Glen Rose ISD board of trustees, two seats are up for re-election in May. Incumbents Wade Busch and Brady Brown, who have more than 15 combined years of service, have both filed for another term, according to Superintendent Wayne Rotan.
Applications for a place on the city ballot can be obtained at Town Hall. Call City Secretary Melanie Reese at (254) 897-2272 for more information.
School board applications can be obtained at the district administration office, located at 1102 Stadium Drive. Call Judy Shipman, early voting clerk, at 898-3908 for more details on the school district election.