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Amarillo Matters Endorses Council Incumbents for Re-Election

Amarillo Matters wants to influence your vote this May, in favor of the five incumbents running for re-election to the Amarillo City Council.

On Friday, before the filing deadline at 5PM, the group released its endorsements for the May 4th City Council elections in Amarillo. The group endorsed the incumbents Ginger Nelson, Elaine Hays, Freda Powell, Eddy Sauer, and Howard Smith for re-election. Amarillo Matters had previously backed the same group in 2017.

“Our city has so much positive momentum right now and we believe this council will work hard to keep that going,” the group said in a statement, “We see no compelling reason to change course. Amarillo’s back to a pattern of success.”

Amarillo Matters rose to the public’s view in 2017 for its high-dollar backing of the now-incumbent City Council. The group drew controversy for its questionable campaign tactics that year, including sending out a mailer attacking candidates with what opponents described as misleading and incorrect information.

In 2017, the group also donated to a handful of contenders running for the Amarillo College Board of Regents, but did not mention that race in its statement. Two challengers are running for seats there.

Voters will decide that race on May 4th.

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