A look at candidates running for Amarillo City Council Place One


This week we are taking a closer look at the candidates who are running for Amarillo City Council ahead of Election Day on Saturday, May 4. 

Four people are on the ballot for Amarillo City Council Place One. 

Elaine Hays is running for re-election, having served as Place One on the city council since May 2017. She also ran against long-time Congressman Mac Thornberry four years ago in the Republican Primary for the 13th Congressional District. Hays also serves as the council representative on the Audit Committee and the Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council. 

She said it is a privilege to serve on the city council and spoke with us about “Buy the Way, Keep it Local,” a campaign she has spearheaded and hopes to continue working on if she is elected again.

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Jay Kirkman is also running for City Council Place One. 

His family has an extensive history of more than 100 years in Amarillo as one of the original pioneer families. He graduated from West Texas A&M University in public administration and continued graduate work in international law at Texas Tech University. He is a culinary wine professional, an author, and a business consultant. 

He spoke with us about the issues he thinks are important for the council to focus on. 

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Hayden Pedigo is also running for City Council Place One. 

Pedigo was born in Amarillo. He was homeschooled, and after he completed high school, he went right into the banking business. He is married and you may have seen some of the videos he created to promote his campaign, even before he was in the running. Those videos and his unique approach to campaigning and politics caught the attention of Adult Swim, Rolling Stone, Texas Monthly and more. 

Pedigo is interested in having more representation on the Amarillo City Council.

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There is one other person who is on the ballot for Place One on the Amarillo City Council. That is former Justice of the Peace, Richard Herman. He was unavailable for an interview.

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