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Pedigo Releases Final Campaign Video, Will Run Against Hays

Staying true to his unique brand of campaign ads, Hayden Pedigo has released his final video of the year.

In a new video posted to Facebook, Pedigo features “facts” about Amarillo, such as being the cowboy and helium capital of the world. Pedigo also discussed the structure of the City of Amarillo government, showing photos of celebrities such as actress Fran Drescher to represent Mayor Ginger Nelson and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to represent Councilman Eddy Sauer. The video ends with Pedigo walking off into the sunset on a dirt road while a voicemail plays in the background, with someone telling Pedigo the photos shown earlier are incorrect.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the video was Pedigo’s announcement of which seat he will be running for in May 2019. In a summary of the video, Pedigo confirmed he is indeed serious about running, and plans to challenge Place 1 Councilmember Elaine Hays for her seat. Hays has held the seat since May 2017, when she ousted incumbent Elisha Demerson in that City Council election.

About two hours after posting, Pedigo’s new ad has picked up over 1,000 views. Previous videos featuring Pedigo’s run for the City Council have reached over 100,000 views and have even been featured on national television.

With his official announcement, Pedigo has set his sights on Hays, a financial planner who has not officially announced whether she will seek re-election. Mayor Ginger Nelson and Councilman Howard Smith have announced their intentions to run for re-election, with challenger Steven Rosas also announcing his intention to run. Businessman Tom Warren II has filed a treasurer appointment to raise money for a possible run, but has not made an official announcement or clarified whether he will be running.

Filing for seats on the City Council begins in January and runs through mid-February. Election day is in May 2019.



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