Posted: Aug 8, 2013 10:39 AM 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.