Judge Rich Herman is the third candidate to jump into Amarillo’s upcoming mayoral contest.
After midnight on January 1st, Herman announced his intentions to challenge Mayor Ginger Nelson in the May 2019 Amarillo mayoral race. Herman’s announcement came shortly after his four year term as Justice of the Peace ended at midnight. Herman had first taken office in 2015. Herman says his campaign will focus on public safety and services.
This will be Herman’s first bid for a non-judicial office. Herman, a Republican, unseated Justice of the Peace Nancy Bosquez, a Democrat, in his 2014 contest, and narrowly lost his primary re-election bid to Robert Taylor in the March 6, 2018 Republican primary. Taylor went on to beat Democrat Claudia Griego in his general election. Taylor had previously run for Potter County sheriff as a Democrat.
Before Herman ran for Justice of the Peace, he served over 20 years of active service in the United States Army.
Herman is the third candidate to join the contest for mayor. Incumbent Ginger Nelson is running for re-election and paralegal Claudette Smith is also running.
The election will be held on May 4th.