Councilwoman Freda Powell is looking to keep her job at Amarillo City Hall for another two years.
On Tuesday, Powell announced during a press conference at City Hall that she will be running for a second term on the Amarillo City Council. Powell said she was “extremely excited and proud” to make the announcement about a second term, and said she believes her record warrants her another two years in office.
“I am also proud of what the Council and I have accomplished in only twenty months,” Powell said. “Working together in harmony…we, the City Council, are a highly functioning ensemble.”
Powell, an office manager, was elected to her first term on the City Council in 2017, topping her lone opponent, insurance broker and landlord James Schenck. Powell benefited from generous spending by Amarillo Matters to support her campaign and had the endorsement of outgoing Councilwoman Lisa Blake when she was first elected. Powell was originally an applicant for the vacant seat on the City Council in 2016, but was not selected as a finalist for the job.
As of Tuesday, Powell has not yet drawn a challenger. Filing will run for a month, beginning in mid-January. Election day is in May 2019.