Mayor, council races uncontested

by | Feb 20, 2020 | Uncategorized

The city of Farmersville will have a new mayor and two new city council members. What may be missing is an election.

This year’s city council election included the mayor, Place 2 and Place 4.

Last Friday, Terry Williams filed for Place 2 and Gary Henry filed for Place 4. Currently, Donny Mason occupies Place 2 and Mike Hurst holds Place 4. Mason and Hurst did not seek re-election.

Bryon Wiebold filed for mayor in January. Current mayor, Randy Rice, did not seek re-election.

Farmersville City Council may cancel the election if no write-in candidates are received by Feb. 21 and the three seats remain uncontested.

Williams, 66, is a retired business executive who spent most of his career in the insurance industry, as well as staying involved in his family’s construction company. He is a native of Gilmer and a graduate of SMU’s business college. He and his wife Sue moved to Farmersville almost a year ago and like what the downtown area has to offer.

 “Having lived in Gilmer, Bas­trop and Salado, I’m a proponent of small downtown businesses,” said Williams. “My wife (and I) own a women’s boutique in Rich­ardson and previously owned a similar shop in downtown Bas­trop.”

Williams said since they moved to Farmersville everyone in the community has been welcoming and very friendly. “Farmersville has some unique historic build­ings,” he added. “You can’t recre­ate this type of downtown.”

Williams said he believes in strong public safety, both police and fire departments, and rec­ognizes the need for improving streets and roads.

He is also interested in creating more awareness on beautification of the city.

“I’d like to imple­ment a process that would allow people to help each other re­move debris and junk from some of the older homes, he said.

Williams sug­gested that if a home­owner did not have the resources to take care of an exterior is­sue, volunteers could provide as­sistance in cleaning up a yard or hauling off larger items.

“We should focus on saving the older homes in the area,” he add­ed, “not just the larger ones, but the smaller ones as well.”

Williams said he wants to keep the historic, small town feel of Farmersville and the community-oriented spirit.

“Growth is inevi­table,” he said, “but if you plan prop­erly you can retain some of the special qualities that make Farmersville a nice place to live.”

He and his wife have two adult daughters who live in Rockwall and Dallas, respectively and a 2 . year old grandson.

Information about Henry was not available at press time. We will update this story as we re­ceive more information. Visit www.farmersvilletimes.com to get the latest information as it is received.

For more stories like this, see the Feb. 20 issue or subscribe online.

Chad Engbrock [email protected]

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