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Amarillo Construction Worker Testing Bid for Mayor Against Nelson

An Amarillo construction worker has announced that he is testing the waters for a potential bid for mayor of Amarillo in 2019.

Parker Robertson, 21, told the Amarillo Pioneer on Tuesday that he has begun testing the waters for a potential bid for mayor. Robertson said that he decided to test the waters for a bid after working with Randalee Construction to complete work on the new Embassy Suites hotel in downtown Amarillo.

"I am 90 percent sure I will be running for mayor in 2019," Robertson said in an exclusive statement to the Pioneer. "I am putting serious thought and prayer into this because I do not run to lose. I am closer than ever to a decision.”

A self-described conservative, Robertson would be a political first-timer if he joined the race for mayor. Robertson said that he has informed Mayor Ginger Nelson that he is considering challenging her and has begun planning a path to victory in 2019.

Robertson is the first candidate to make any moves toward a potential bid for citywide office in 2019.

Candidates can begin filing for City of Amarillo offices in January of 2019. The election will be held in May of 2019.

Photo provided by Parker Robertson

Photo provided by Parker Robertson

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