Howard Smith will not seek re-election to Amarillo City Council

On Monday, Howard Smith announced he would seek re-election to Place 4 on the Amarillo City Council in 2023. Smith is currently serving his third term on the City Council.

Below is Smith's full statement:

"After proudly serving on the Amarillo City Council in Place 4 for three consecutive terms, and after much consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election.

"I am so grateful for the tremendous support I’ve received over the past six years and have truly enjoyed serving our community.

"I made a promise when first elected to always listen to the residents of Amarillo and I held steady to my word. From May 2017 through December 2022, I not only held one-on-one meetings with concerned citizens and city leaders, but I attended nearly 200 council meetings and 18 all-day budget meetings.

"Since being elected to the City Council, I have dedicated all of my time and resources to bettering our community and I am beyond grateful for the continued support I have received from voters and my family.

"During my tenure, my colleagues and I helped recruit a number of new businesses to Amarillo, including the AA Sod Poodles Baseball Team, Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Health, Amazon, Cacique Cheese Factory, CVRM Texas Inc., Producer Owned Beef, Albers Aerospace, Torkworx, and Buc-ee’s.

"Additionally, during my term, we oversaw the completion of the Embassy Suites Hotel and the downtown parking garage, negotiated a deal to keep the world headquarters of the American Quarter Horse Association in Amarillo, aided in the expansion of Caviness Beef Producers, moved the downtown bus terminal to a more logistical location on West 6th Street, significantly increased water rights, and added internet service to areas of Amarillo that did not have service.

"Although my current term ends in May 2023, I plan to continue serving the citizens of Amarillo and the newly elected City Council in whatever capacity they wish."

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