- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—After serving as a public official for the City of Huntsville for the last 12 years, Mayor Mac Woodward has decided not to seek re-election as mayor in the November general election.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Huntsville on the City Council for over 12 years. It has also been so rewarding to work with all the employees of the city who work hard every day to serve the citizens, not asking for recognition or thanks. I can say without reservation we are very fortunate to have such a dedicated and devoted group of people,” Woodward said in a statement released Monday. “It is exciting to look to the future of Huntsville. We see new opportunities and possibilities. This is a unique and great community that has so much to offer.”

Before becoming mayor of Huntsville in 2011, Woodward served on the City Council as the Ward 2 council member from 2003 to 2011 and follows in a long line of his relatives who also served as public officials. His great grandfather W.T. Robinson served as the mayor of Huntsville in the 1870’s according to the city’s press release.

Woodward, who also serves as the director for the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, says the decision came after months of thinking about whether or not he wanted to run for office again.

“Well I just been thinking about it for the last month or so and I thought it was time for me to do something else,” Woodward said Monday afternoon. “I’m the director at the museum and we got some things we want to do here and I thought the timing was right for me.”

Serving as mayor for the last four years, Woodward has been able to experience the people of Huntsville through his work at the SHMM and by attending various events throughout the city. He says it’s one thing he will miss about being mayor.

“I think just having the opportunity to interact with the great people of Huntsville has been the rewarding thing, and to meet some many people and work with so many people that care about this community and hopefully do a few good things for the future of Huntsville,” Woodward said.

Woodward says that he will “continue to do whatever I can to just keep Huntsville moving forward.”

The filing period for the Nov. 3 election opened July 25 and continues through Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. So far, the city has received a filing for the mayor seat from Position 4 at-large Council Member Keith Olson and for the Ward 2 council position from current Council Member Tish Humphrey.

Those who are interested can either pick up a candidate packet from City Hall, located at 1212 Avenue M during regular business hours, or download a candidate packet at www.huntsvilletx.gov/395/ElectionsElecciones. The filing fee for candidates is only $1 in cash.

In order to be eligible to run for either of the positions, citizens must be a qualified registered voter in the state of Texas, the city and the ward they reside in, as well as have lived inside Huntsville for more than a year. Potential candidates cannot hold any other office or employment within the city government while a member of City Council. He or she must also be free of debt in taxes or any assessment to the city, and at least 21 years of age.

As part of state law to become a candidate for city officer, potential candidates must be a citizen of the United States, cannot have been convicted of a felony or be under adjudication of mental competence.

All application forms must be turned in and notarized to the City Secretary’s office. City secretary Lee Woodward will then have five days to review the content to ensure everything on the form adheres to the requirements.

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