Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope announced on Friday that he will not be running for reelection. In the video and email that was sent out, Pope said that he arrived at his decision after much "thought, prayer, and reflection".

The three-term Mayor was first elected in 2016, then again in 2018, and 2020. In Lubbock, the Mayor serves a two-year term while other members of the Lubbock City Council are elected to four-year terms. The length of terms was something debated recently among a citizens committee that resulted in no changes to term lengths.

The following is the text of a written statement released by Pope:

Happy Friday, Mayor Dan Pope, with an important update.

I have decided not to run for a fourth term as Lubbock Mayor next May. This decision was arrived at after much thought, prayer, and reflection. I’m thankful for the listening ear and wise counsel of close friends and my wife, Denise, as I reached this decision.

I believe a government closest to the people functions best. City governments are far from perfect – to that, I certainly can attest. However, our record is significant over the past six years, and we’ve made great strides in Lubbock. I serve with a fantastic City Council working together with each of you. We have moved our community forward.

Now there will be an appropriate time for reflection and appreciation in the future. However, for the next six months, you can rest assured I will work with the Council, city staff, and each of you to prioritize public safety, fiscal discipline, strong neighborhoods, improvements to the quality of life, and the creation of good jobs. This may sound familiar. It’s the same promise I made when I announced my candidacy in the fall of 2015. I believe now, as I did then, the American dream is alive and well in Lubbock, Texas.

Serving as your Mayor has been my greatest honor. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. May God bless you all.

And as always, it’s a great day in Lubbock, Texas.

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