On January 18th election filings opened in Nacogdoches and one city councilwoman jumped at the chance to run for mayor.
“They started accepting applications at 8 a.m. and I was there five ’til,” said Shelley Brophy, Nacogdoches Mayoral Candidate.
Brophy has served on the Nacogdoches city council for the past eight years with incumbent mayor Roger Van Horn.
Earlier this month Van Horn announced he would not seek reelection in 2017.
Brophy, who had been considering running for while, knew now was the time to run.
“(Roger Van Horn) is very passionate about his role as far as governance, people trusting the governance of the city, and that is something that is very good,” said Brophy. “So when he did decide not to run again then it was a very easy decision for me to want to serve the city in that role.”
Brophy says there is nothing really wrong with the city so she does not have any sort of agenda to pursue.
She says there are a lot of younger people wanting to get engaged in the city.
“With the right kind of passion and the right kind of creativity and the right kind of leadership I think we can take our city into the future as well as maintaining our charm and our historical significance,” said Brophy.
The mayoral election in Nacogdoches will be in May.