Freda Powell announces mayoral campaign

After three terms on the Amarillo City Council, Freda Powell announced Wednesday that she will be running for mayor.

"I am running to be the next mayor of Amarillo.

"I am well-prepared to be Amarillo's next mayor. In May, I will have served six years on the City Council. During that time, I have been appointed for 32 months as Mayor Pro-Tem, handling the mayor's duties when she was not available.

“We need to do two things at once – take care of what we have and build toward a prosperous future. We can – and must – do both.

“Our children and grandchildren deserve to inherit from us a vibrant and thriving city where they have opportunities to make a good living, to sustain their families and to enjoy life here," Powell said.

In 2017, Powell became the first African American woman to be elected to the Amarillo City Council. She was was re-elected in 2019 and 2021.

Two of the most controversial City Council votes over the past two years have been on the Civic Center and City Hall funding plans. Powell said that she still stands by both of those votes as the right vote.

“It is all about leadership, and when you are a leader and you are in any position, you have a responsibility to look at all of the information, data and facts before making a decision,” Powell said. “If you are going be a leader, you have to face issues head-on, and that’s what I am doing as a good leader for the city of Amarillo.”

When asked about how some try to portray her as always going along with the mayor as a council member, Powell said that she is her own person and makes decisions based on asking as many questions as possible about an issue. 

“I always try to be prepared for council meetings studying these issues,” Powell said. “When I vote, I vote based on facts, data and information. I have conversations with citizens on these issues before I make a vote. When I cast my vote, it is mine alone and not based on any other councilmembers’ vote. My job is to be responsible and gather as much information as possible.”

Powell is the second of five children and was raised in Amarillo and throughout the United States. Her father was in the United States Air Force. She graduated from Amarillo High School and Amarillo College. She has a degree in Management Development. Freda and her husband Dennis have been married for 38 years and they have a daughter, Patrice and five grandchildren.

Powell is a former Purchasing Representative for LINN Energy, headquartered in Houston, Texas. She is currently the General Manager for Warford-Walker Mortuary.

She has been a member of Soroptimist International of Amarillo, for more than 20 years, one of 3,100 Soroptimist clubs that improves the lives of women and girls through volunteer projects in the community. 

In addition to having served a two-year term as Governor of the South Central Region (consisting of seven states) of Soroptimist, Powell is a member of the Amarillo Women’s Network, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Amarillo Branch of the NAACP, and Light of Hope. Powell has served on the Amarillo Opera, Access Community Credit Union, Airport Advisory Board, and Downtown Amarillo, Inc., Board of Directors. She is a member of Jenkins Chapel Baptist Church where she serves as Secretary and has a spot on the Finance Team.

Powell received the Amarillo Opera Dee Lifetime Volunteer Award in 2009, she was named the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Council, Business Woman of the Year in December of 2011. She has also received the Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, Women of Distinction, Take Action Award in 2013, the Church Women United Humanitarian Award in 2013, the 7th Annual Louise Daniel Women’s History Lecture and Luncheon, Recognizing Women in Banking, Texas Panhandle Women Bankers, Recognized by Access Community Credit Union in 2016, and the Woman of Leadership 2017 Award, to name a few.

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