Plans made official: Three candidates file to run for Abilene City Council

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - The city of Abilene is approaching the May elections. Two competitors have already come forward to challenge for Place 2, and Wednesday made it official when they filed for a place on the ballot.

Two spots are open this year. Councilman Shane Price currently holds Place 1, and he's announced that he plans on running again. Price says, "This will be my fourth term on the council if the voters choose to elect me for another term. I've been honored and privileged to serve the city of Abilene the past nine years." At this time, no competitors for Place 1 have been announced.

Things are a bit busier when it comes to Place 2. Councilman Bruce Kreitler has not yet announced if he will run for reelection, but two competitors have made their plans known. Rentech Boilers owner Jack Rentz formally kicked off his campaign, looking to his business experience to help guide his decisions on the council.

Rentz says that "Abilene is filled with great people who love her dearly. Working with the Abilene community and listening to the most basic needs and bring experience is something that I know how to do, and I know it's important."

At the other end of spectrum, entrepreneur Alex Russell hopes to bring a voice to Abilene's younger citizens, who she says are an under-represented group. Russell acknowledges her youth, saying, "I'm twenty six years old. I think age may come up some in this race, but I'm here to prove that I'm ready for the job and there's a large portion of us who feel our voices need a little bit bigger stance on council."

From here, the candidates will need to finish their documents and get ready for the rest of their journey to a position in City hall.

City Secretary Rosa Rios says that candidates will be under more scrutiny, and "their life will become an open book once they file for candidacy."

Rios also says that the position is one that requires a deal of dedication, saying that a "willingness to serve with no monetary contributions and just out of the heart is really what they need to be interested in serving the community for."

KTAB will continue to monitor the council race, and provide updates if any candidates join in the future.

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