Abilene's Newest Council Member: Jay Hardaway

Published 05/19 2014 07:13PM

Updated 05/19 2014 10:28PM

Each May brings a time of transition for the leadership of the city and when Robert Briley decided to run for mayor, Place 4 on the council became available, which seemed like perfect timing for 31 year old Jay Hardaway to begin his career in local government.

"I truly believe I have big shoes to fill" says Hardaway.

Hardaway was unopposed in his race for Place 4, however, former Councilman, John Hill explains that Hardaway did some footwork ahead of time.

"It may not look like Jay Hardaway campaigned, but Jay Hardaway ran the best campaign as he went around town and built alliances and coalitions with people"

Jay admits that he was surprised he did not end up with an opponent and explains why he thought it was still important to put out signs anyway.

"I had already sort of gotten in the mode of 'Okay, lets do this'... I don't want anyone to feel like I just snuck in."

With no competitor, Hardaway was not asked exactly what he wants to accomplish as a councilman. He says he does have a list of specifics, but also wants to change the often negative perception of local government.

He says that some people think that "They (government officials) are not accountable. Their actions and choices are just unclear to people and I am going to really really work hard to battle that perception."

Hardaway says that transparency and being approachable are both things that he considers important.

"I know I have done my job if people have said 'We get it, We understand all that the council is doing and we are appreciative, now please just go away.'

Hardaway is married to Lindsay and they have two daughters, Lucy and Claire, and are expecting a third child in August. He is a graduate of Abilene Christian Schools and Mc Murry University.

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