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Months Prior to Filing Date, Davidson, Johnson Announce Intent for Sulphur Springs City Council Place 1

Shortly after the first of the year, filing will open for a May 5th municipal and school elections in the state of Texas. However, two have already announced through social media their intent to file for Sulphur Springs City Council Place 1. Incumbent Craig Johnson has announced his intent to seek re-election. Justin W. Davidson has announced his intent to challenge Johnson in a quest for the seat. Place 1, held by Johnson, Place 2, held by Clay Walker, and Place 3, held by Oscar Aguilar will be on the 2018 municipal ballot.

Incumbent Johnson established a social media page and a twitter account last week.  He stated in his first post, “It has been a privilege and honor to serve the citizens of Sulphur Springs as your City Councilman for Place 1. I am 4th generation Hopkins County, was raised here and have lived in other cities. Chaney and I chose to move back to this great city to raise our children. My goal is to work with the other members of the city council and staff to steadily make this a better place for everyone – including those who don’t yet live here but will. It is a long time until elections in the Spring of 2018. I will be posting things here periodically that are of public interest and will have more campaign related items if I draw an opponent.”

Enter Davidson who also announced his intent to seek the seat Wednesday night on social media. Davidson stated in the post that he, too, will have a social media site for his campaign prior to beginning his official campaign. The announcement was made on a personal site (link will not be made to personal site by policy).

In his announcement he presented a news release with a headline: JUSTIN W. DAVIDSON ANNOUNCES INTENT FOR CANDIDACY OF CITY COUNCIL PLACE 1

Sulphur Spring, Texas {November 8, 2017} – Justin W. Davidson, Sulphur Springs native, Navy veteran, and member of the Hopkins County Military Coalition announces his intent to run for City Council.

I am pleased and honored to announce my intent for candidacy to the City Council of my hometown. During my life experiences coupled with my countless hours of attending City Council meetings and listening to the people of Sulphur Springs, I have gained an understanding of the complexities of city government including its capabilities and limitations.

In my candidacy, I see helpful and positive roles for the City Council. We must listen to the people and do what’s best for the full community and not a select few.

Most importantly, the primary role for a council member should be to be an advocate for the people of the city. There are many issues that will come before us in the next 2-5 years. They include transportation issues like roads, taxation, water/sewer lines and new business development exterior of Celebration Plaza. In addition, we need to strengthen our community foundations to bring more jobs to the city and focus on ensuring that current jobs are not eliminated.

Second, a council member should be a vital and active communications link between the people and the city.

Third, the right set of people skills that represents the common citizen that makes Sulphur Springs their home.

The issues before us continue to be balancing fiscal responsibility with sound judgment.

I believe that the foundation of any thriving community should include education, the arts, shopping and recreation. If we want to attract strong companies to the area with better jobs, we must work to enhance and expand these categories.

I look forward to a positive campaign, meeting citizens, and tackling challenges.

I have heard from many of you that want change. Now is the time to put that “want” to action.

For more information on Mr. Davidson, please contact him via Facebook messenger as the social media site is under construction prior to official announcement.

Author: Staff Reporter

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