Two candidates officially announce for mayor: Blackburn and Voelkel

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Official statements were released from two campaigns this week: one from incumbent Mayor Bill Blackburn, and another from challenger Vincent Voelkel. Both statements announced the candidates’ intentions to seek the office of mayor.

Bill Blackburn (incumbent)

Bill Blackburn’s statement appeared in the Kerrville Daily Times and was published to his Facebook page. His statement appears below:

Serving as mayor of Kerrville since May of 2018 has been an honor and a privilege, and I have decided to run for a second two year term.
Though often hard, the job of mayor is very fulfilling as you are part of making things happen that really help people and that builds a stronger community.
I will continue to focus on preservation of the natural beauty of the area, economic development that produces good jobs at solid wages, workforce housing, opportunities for youth and young adults, and the maintenance and strengthening of the efforts in law enforcement, streets, parks and recreation, water and waste water, the library, and more. And continuing the transparency of City government and the solid financial stewardship.
One of the things this City Council hears regularly is, “You listen to people. You respect people, and you seem to be for all the citizens.” That will continue.

Vincent Voelkel

Vincent Voelkel

On Friday, Kerrville United reported that Vincent Voelkel had picked up an application packet from City Hall. We reached out to him for a statement, and Mr. Voelkel provided the following response:

“I chose to pull a packet for the Mayor position in the 2020 election. I have had multiple people ask and encourage me to do so. I figured I would pull a packet to see how many signatures I could get on the petition and make my decision to file on that.”

Vincent Voelkel, via email statement

Deadlines

Application packets for city council positions can be returned to the City Secretary’s office beginning on January 15, and the deadline to file is February 14.