|Crouch not running for council re-election|
|Bruce Alsobrook | News-Telegram Editor|
March 9, 2006 -- After returning to the Sulphur Springs City Council three years ago, Joe Crouch won't be running for re-election this year.
And not because he doesn't want to, but because he can't.
"Monica [his wife] and I have bought a house in the country, and I'm not going to be living in the city anymore," Crouch said Wednesday, referring to the requirement that council members live in the city limits of Sulphur Springs. "If I wasn't moving, I'd run again."
Crouch was first elected to the council in 1991 and served six years before deciding not to run again in 1997, saying, "Two terms is enough." Crouch also decided to get out of elected office because of many vital accomplishments in the city, such as the pipeline that would bring drinking water to Sulphur Springs from Cooper Lake.
His seat was won by Bill Watts, who also served two terms before being ousted by Crouch three years ago.
Returning to the council was indicative of Crouch's strong belief in public involvement in local governmental decisions.
"People really need to get involved," said Crouch, 60. "Fortunately, two candidates have filed."
Oscar Aguilar became the first person to sign up to run for a place on Sulphur Springs City Council in February. Aguilar, a funeral director at West Oaks Funeral Home, filed Feb. 28 as a candidate for Crouch's Place 3 council seat.
Pat Murray, who is retired from the military, signed on as a candidate for the council seat the same day.
"The city is rolling right along, but it always needs citizen input," Crouch said. "It's been a great pleasure being a councilman. And it's been a lot of fun."