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Central's first, only mayor not seeking re-election

3 years 5 months 2 weeks ago August 08, 2013 Aug 8, 2013 Thursday, August 08 2013 August 08, 2013 9:39 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

CENTRAL - Mayor Mac Watts of Central announced today he will not seek re-election next April.

Watts is the city's first and only mayor. He was appointed in 2007 by Gov. Kathleen Blanco to serve as interim mayor while Central incorporated, then won back-to-back elections to remain in office.

His last day is June 30, 2014.

"I felt that now was the right time to announce my decision," Watts said in a press release. "With eight months until our next election, I want to give qualified citizens who love Central ample opportunity to consider serving as our next mayor."

In his announcement, the mayor's office noted that under Watts Central grew to be the state's 12th-largest city with an $18 million surplus.

The mayoral election is April 5, 2014. Qualifying begins in February 2014.

 

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