Three vying for city council seat

Eric EscamillaJohnnie Lee Rawls
Roger Cline
Staff Writer

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The Big Spring City Council election for District 2 is going to be a three-way race.
Earlier this month, the Big Spring Herald ran a story introducing readers to two men who have filed to run for Big Spring City Council in Place 2, as incumbent Carmen Harbour’s second term is expiring. Council members and the mayor serve three-year terms, with a limit of two consecutive terms on the council.
After the story was run, a third man – Doug Hartman – filed to seek the position. The original story, which ran Feb. 2, introduced candidates Johnnie Lee Rawls, an oilfield lease manager; and Eric Escamilla, a Farmers Insurance agent.
The council plans to cancel elections in the other two districts up for grabs – Districts 4 and 6 – because the incumbents, Howard Stewart in District 4 and Jim DePauw in District 6, are running unopposed.
“Originally, I was born and raised in Hobbs, New Mexico. I’ve been here in Big Spring about 38 years,” said Hartman. “I’m a rig supervisor in the oilfield. I’ve been in the oilfield probably 20 years. Before that I worked at Western Container for 16 years.”
Hartman said the decision to run for city council has been a long time coming.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a while,” he said. “I just want to make some changes in our city. Like our roads and stuff in District 2. I just want to see what I can do to help get better water pressure in our district and get the roads fixed up.”
While Hartman said city infrastructure is his main issue, Hartman said he wants to learn more about the process of city government.
“Just pretty much overall, everything,” he said. “I’m new at it, and I just want to get into it and learn everything, and I just want to take off from there. I’ve had several people in my district come up to me and they kind of really talked me into it. I was thinking about it, but they talked me into it. They figured I’d do a good job on the city council. The people who vote for me, if I win, I’m definitely going to do everything I say I’m going to do.”
The election is scheduled for May 5.

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