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.
Chad Engbrock • [email protected]