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Fing stagnant for municipal elections

February 19, 2013

Officials with the city of Big Spring say filings for the May 11 election have been moving along slowly as the March 1 deadline for political hopefuls to file their candidacy approaches.

The mayoral seat, along with the District 5 seat on the council, will be decided by the May 11 contest.

Incumbent Mayor Tommy Duncan has indicated he will not seek a second term in the office, saying he never intended to serve more than one term in the position.

“When I ran for office, I was really reluctant to do so, but I was contacted by several people to step forward and serve the community, and that's what I did,” Duncan said. “I never intended to serve more than one term.”

The seat has drawn a single political hopeful so far. Local businessman and former Big Spring Economic Development Corporation board president Larry McLellan filed in early February to run for the seat.

McLellan said one of his main areas of focus, if elected, will be the city's aging infrastructure.

“We have to stop talking about the needs of our city's infrastructure and start doing something about it,” McLellan said firmly. “We've seen steady increases in sales tax revenues over the past few years and we need to begin using that money to address our problems, not pad our general fund. It's good to have a healthy general fund, however, there's work that needs to be done. It's time to take action.”

Also to be filled in the May 11 election is the District 5 seat on the council, currently held by Craig Olson, who has also indicated he will not seek a second term.

“I will not seek re-election for the District 5 seat on the Big Spring City Council,” Olson said. “One term is enough. Ongoing business commitments, as well as recreational activities continue to require constant attention. I know (the citizens) will understand.”

The seat has yet to attract a political hopeful, according to officials with the city of Big Spring administration.

Prospective candidates can pick up filing packets from city hall — located at 310 Nolan St. — until March 1.

The election itself will be coordinated by the Howard County Elections Administration Office. For more information on filing, contact Big Spring City Hall at 432-264-2513.

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