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Commissioners Seek Reelection

Filing for City Elections Runs Through March 1st
    AMARILLO -- The entire Amarillo city commission is seeking reelection.

    Four incumbents turned in their paperwork Wednesday, on the first day of filing for the May elections.

    There was some question as to whether long time commissioner Jim Simms would run again.  But, he was among the first to file for reelection this morning.

    The others are mayor Paul Harpole, and commissioners Ellen Robertson Green and Dr. Brian Eades.

    Commissioner Lelia Escajeda is out of town, but is expected to file her paperwork when she returns.

    This commission has made some controversial decisions over the last two years.  Downtown revitalization, raising taxes to hire more police officers and the hand held cell phone ban to name a few.

    But, they stand by their votes and even invite others to run against their record.

    The main reason most say they're seeking reelection is unfinished business.

    Commissioners say we should see some movement on the major downtown projects late this year or early next year.

    Wednesday also marked the first day of filing for the Amarillo College board of regents where four seats are up for reelection.
 
    The Amarillo ISD school board also has four spots up for grabs.

    The election for all of these will be Saturday May 11th.

    The filing period for all three elections will run through March 1st.
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