After a controversial first term in office, Mayor Ginger Nelson is asking voters to send her back to City Hall for another two years.
On Wednesday, Nelson announced her intention to seek a second term as mayor of Amarillo. Nelson announced the bid at the La Fiesta Grande restaurant on 45th, two years after announcing her first bid for public office at Amarillo College.
In her speech to the crowd of spectators, supporters, and media members, Nelson said she decided to run for a second term after seeing “momentum” created by the City Council, and cautioned voters against selecting new representation, saying it would be akin to pushing a boulder part of the way up the hill, then quitting. For her platform, Nelson said she wants to focus on reducing the dropout rate at high schools, studying the Civic Center, and supporting business owners.
Nelson was first elected to the City Council in 2017, topping Renea Dauntes and James Lowder to earn her term. Coming from the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, this was Nelson’s first foray into electoral politics.
So far, no official candidates have stepped up to challenge Nelson. Filing for the race begins in January, with the election set for May 2019.