|Chris Brown to seek 2nd term on council|
|Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor|
Feb. 7, 2005 -- Place 6 City Councilman Chris Brown, said Monday he will be a candidate for reelection to the council seat he has held for the past three years.
In announcing his intentions to seek a second term on the council, Brown cited the close working relationship that has developed among council members and current projects as primary reasons to want to serve three more years.
"I think the biggest thing over the three years is we've had a council that has been able to work together, respect each other and work together to accomplish the things we have accomplished."
Brown said that the opening of Coleman Park was the biggest accomplishment during his term on the council although the project started well before he came onto the council.
Industrial and retail growth was also cited as highlights of his council service over the past three years.
"The moving in of Owens Sausage and some good new retail growth with new jobs coming in was significant," he said.
The city's continuing capital improvements project is something that Brown hopes to see continue.
"One of the best things has been the increase in the capital improvements budget this past year" the Place Six councilman said. "I hope I can carry that forward and keep increasing it until we get on a level to where we are fixing streets faster than they are deteriorating on us."
Along with capital improvements, Brown said other priorities include the water park at Pacific Park and, eventually the other city parks, and the skateboard park at Buford Park. Brown, 29, a Sulphur Springs native, is employed with Century 21 First Group.
The other seat on the council that will be on the May ballot is the Place Seven seat currently held by Lydia Bryant.
Bryant, who has not formally announced her political plans, is a council veteran. She was first elected to the council in the late 1980s and served for six years.
She returned to the council in 2002 and is completing a three year term.