Amarillo Matters endorses all 5 incumbent Amarillo City Council members

Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson
Amarillo Matters wasted no time Friday as the political PAC endorsed all 5 incumbent Amarillo City Council members for re-election in the upcoming May 4 general election.

Here is the full statement from Amarillo Matters concerning its endorsements:

Due to their hard work and meaningful results over the past two years, Amarillo Matters PAC is proud to endorse the following candidates in the upcoming city election: Mayor Ginger Nelson, Place One Council Member Elaine Hays, Place Two Council Member Freda Powell, Place Three Council Member Eddy Sauer, and Place Four Council Member Howard Smith. Amarillo Matters endorsed all the candidates for election in 2017 as well.

Amarillo Matters PAC can point to several successes by the council—Amarillo now has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state and the council’s efforts have positioned the city to welcome a new vet school.

“When the vet school happens, it’s going to be the biggest economic win our city has seen since Bell Helicopter,” Herrick said. “The economic impact from the school alone will be over $75 million annually, and when we have a medical, pharmacy and vet school along with a ground-breaking research facility on the same campus, many doors will open for our city."

The city council has also worked diligently to keep city taxes low while increasing the number of police officers and firefighters who work daily to keep us safe. The current budget adds 17 new police officers and five new firefighters. Local sales tax revenues have also increased thanks largely to the “Buy the Way” campaign, which all of the council championed.

“Our city has so much positive momentum right now and we believe this council will work hard to keep that going,” Herrick added. “We see no compelling reason to change course. Amarillo’s back to a pattern of success.”

Friday was full of surprises as candidates filed for the Amarillo City Council election. The deadline to file for the election was 5 pm.

According to the Amarillo City Charter, elections for City Council are held in May of every odd-numbered year. Positions for Amarillo City Council are elected at-large, which means city council members represent all of Amarillo and not certain areas.

Candidates for the May 4 election for Amarillo City Council are (in alphabetical order):

Mayor: Kip Billups; Ginger Nelson (Incumbent); Claudette Smith.

Councilmember/Place 1: Elaine Hays (Incumbent); Rich Herman; Jay U. Kirkman III; Hayden Pedigo.

Councilmember/Place 2: Treva Harper; Freda Powell (Incumbent).

Councilmember/Place 3: Eddy Sauer (Incumbent); Tom Warren II; Brad Torch.

Councilmember/Place 4: Steven Rosas; Howard Smith (Incumbent).

This list of candidates is subject to change pending eligibility requirements set forth by the Amarillo City Charter and state law.

Candidate positions on the ballot will be determined by a drawing on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 8:15 a.m. at City Hall, City Council Chamber, Third Floor, 601 S. Buchanan St.

The last day for candidates to withdraw their names from the ballot is Friday, Feb. 22. The last day to
register to vote in the May 4 election is Thursday, April 4. Early voting begins Monday, April 22 and ends Tuesday, April 30.

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