Bryon Wiebold has decided to run for re-election to a second term as Farmersville mayor, calling it “an honor to serve the people of this city.”
The mayor picked up his campaign forms from City Hall on Jan. 12 but had to wait until Wednesday to submit them. He is one of three city council members whose terms are up for election this year. The other two are Mike Henry and Terry Williams. Williams said he plans to file for re-election to Place 4, explaining that he wants to continue to fight for “control of our growth.” Henry said he is undecided on whether to seek another term in Place 2. Both councilmen were elected in 2020.
The next term for mayor and council members, though, presents a potential wrinkle that previous mayors or council members have not experienced. Their candidacies will be decided on the same day residents decide the fate of a home-rule charter the city is proposing. The charter, if approved, would limit city council members and the mayor to three consecutive 3-year terms.
City Secretary Tabatha Monk said the final day to file candidacy papers is Feb. 18. The election is set for May 7.
Wiebold said he has no regrets from his first mayoral term, adding that he intends to continue to push for community unity and “trying to get everyone on the same page as we move forward.”
The mayor helps his wife, Misty, run her interior design company and works with a software company that specializes in equipping truckers with computer equipment. He said the city has “a lot of exciting things coming up” but declined to specify them. “I am happy with our strategic growth development,” he said, “and I am happy being able to get people to work together.”
The mayor said he believes he knows the pulse of the community and pledges to work toward developing “the heritage of our town.”
The Wiebolds have one son, 28, who lives in Florida; they have two grandchildren.
“I love the city,” Wiebold said, “and I love the people. If they want to reelect me as mayor, then I’ll continue to work hard for them. If they choose someone else, that’s up to them.”
No other candidates have filed for the mayor’s race. Monk said the city council is scheduled at its Jan. 25 meeting to call for the council election and for a special election to decide the home rule charter.