Olson won't seek second term on city council

The District 5 seat on the Big Spring City Council will see a new face following municipal elections this May, as freshman council member Craig Olson announced today he will not be seeking a second term.In a statement provided to the Herald this morning, Olson said personal commitments weighed heavily on his decision not to seek re-election.“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 you will understand.”Olson offered many thanks to the citizens and voters of Big Spring for their support, both before and after his election approximately three years ago.“I'd like to offer a huge thank you to our entire community for the encouragement, support and kindness shown to me during my three years of service with the Big Spring City Council,” Olson said. “A very special thank you for those in the city's District 5 who had confidence enough to vote for me three years ago.“As I studied each and every issue and cast my vote as your representative, the city's long-term interests were always of the highest priority. It is my sincere hope and prayer I have not disappointed you with my representation. I would also like to offer very special thanks to my distinguished council colleagues who voted for me two years in a row as mayor pro-tem. These are honors I will always remember and cherish.“If I can be of assistance to our community in the future, please feel free to call on me, as I will always welcome the opportunity,” he added. “Big Spring is my home, also.”The first day for Crossroads residents to file to run for municipal or school district elections is Wednesday. Also up for grabs in the May election will be the seat currently held by first-term Big Spring Mayor Tommy Duncan, who has not yet indicated whether he will seek re-election.According to Big Spring officials, political hopefuls can begin picking up filing packets from city hall — located at 310 Nolan St. — on Wednesday. Filing ends March 1.Filing for the election is being handled by the city of Big Spring administration, while the election itself will once again be coordinated by the Howard County Elections Administration Office. For more information on filing to run in the May election, contact Big Spring City Hall at 432-264-2513.Those looking to get a jump on the filing process can download applications and necessary forms from the Texas Secretary of State website, located at www.sos.state.tx.us