Filing for municipal office has begun, with March 14 the last date to file an application to run for Waxahachie City Council. The last day to withdraw an application is March 22. Paperwork can be filed with the city secretary’s office from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

“The candidate packets are ready to be picked up. In the packet there are campaign finance reports, their application to have them placed on ballot and the petition for the place on the city’s general election ballot. There is no filling fee,” Waxahachie city secretary Lori Saunders said.

The same information and forms are available online through the Texas Ethics Commission, the Secretary of State’s Office and the Election Code.

“It is just convenient to have the packets here for them so they don’t have to go hunt to find what they have to file,” Saunders said, saying that the completed forms are filed through her office.

The city and Waxahachie ISD will have a joint election, with voting at Marvin

Elementary School located at 110 Brown St. from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. May 14.

Early voting in the city election will take place May 2-10 at City Hall, 401 S. Rogers St., with extended hours from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. May 2 and 10 and normal hours from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. the other days. The voting site at City Hall is on the ground level near the water department offices. Both Waxahachie Mayor Buck Jordan and council member Chuck Beatty have announced they will seek another term in office in the upcoming May 14 election. If reelected, each says he wants to look at building up the city by rejuvenating its economic engine.

“During the next term, the council is going to be working on economic development to see if we can bring more industry and jobs into Waxahachie,” Beatty said. “That is our next focus as well as all of the infill projects that we have in the city with all of the vacant lots. That is so we can put some affordable homes on there for people and generate some tax revenue on that also.

“The way that the city is going to accomplish these goals is by marketing the strengths that the city has,” he said. “We need to take advantage of our location because we have Interstate 35 and U.S. Highway 287. We have got all of the railroads and the different avenues coming through our city. I think that we should take advantage of that as well as some of the amenities that we have in our city, such as our parks.”

Jordan agrees with Beatty that job creation and economic development are the needs the city is facing at this time. Along with retail business, Jordan would like to see more industry come to the city.

“We want to encourage new businesses in our city and I would like to see a little stronger industrial base. We would like to attract future industries that are looking at possibly moving into an area such as Waxahachie, which is certainly a prime location in the Metroplex for an industry to grow,” Jordan said. 

“Basically, we just have to stay on top of it. We have a good man sitting there, Doug Barnes (economic development director), who is doing an excellent job of staying on top of that type of growth. We are excited about the future of Waxahachie and want it to see it grow. Helping that future along is the main thing that the council wants to do.”

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