One possible candidate is making his intentions known ahead of the 2019 Amarillo City Council elections.
Johnny Tijerina, an Amarillo student, said on Thursday that he plans to file to run for mayor against incumbent Ginger Nelson in January. Tijerina tells the Amarillo Pioneer that he plans to file to run against Nelson soon after the filing period begins next year, and that he is already planning to file a treasurer to begin raising money for his campaign ahead of time.
Tijerina is the first possible candidate for mayor who has officially made their intentions known about the 2019 elections. Several other possible candidates, including construction worker Parker Robertson, non-profit executive Waylon Walker and retiree Gordon Miller, have all expressed interest in running for mayor, but none have officially announced a campaign or stated if they plan to file for a place on the ballot.
In a recent survey conducted by the Amarillo Pioneer, readers stated that Tijerina would receive about 6 percent of the measured support if an election were held today. In comparison, incumbent Ginger Nelson received about 10 percent, while around 62 percent of those surveyed expressed support for none of the listed candidates.
The election for mayor and the five seats on the City Council will be held in May of 2019. Candidates can begin filing for spots on the ballot in January.