Mayor to seek 3rd term in office

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Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs will seek a third and final term in May after considering a run for higher office.

Burroughs, a lawyer, said he might have run for a new congressional seat if redistricting had produced one in Denton County. Most of the county is expected to remain in the 26th Congressional District, represented by Lewisville Republican Michael Burgess.

"If there had been a new seat opening up, I would have considered" a run, Burroughs said.

Texas is getting four new U.S. House seats for the 2012 elections because of population growth since 2000, which will increase the state delegation to 36 members.

The state's proposed new congressional and legislative districts are tied up in an ongoing legal battle over minority representation, but none of the new districts are expected to include Denton County.

Burroughs said he believes the area deserved at least one new congressional seat because of rapid growth in Denton and Collin counties. The counties added more than half a million people over the decade, accounting for about 12 percent of the state's growth, according to census data.

Burroughs unseated Perry McNeill as mayor in 2008 and won re-election two years ago. Repeating a theme from 2010, Burroughs said the global recession and slumping tax revenues hindered his time as mayor by forcing city leaders to scale back or delay some ideas, including his 2008 campaign plan for a new city subdepartment focusing on small infill and redevelopment projects.

He would use a third term to pursue the subdepartment and other projects such as the ongoing review of Denton's comprehensive plan, Burroughs said.

"I've put in close to four years, and this past 12 months is the first time we've had a positive budget," Burroughs said, although the spending plan adopted in September relied on about $1.5 million in general reserve funds to cover some one-time costs. "We've done well as a city. Now, we have a budget in the black and should be able to start moving on some goals."

The ballot for the May 12 election will also include the City Council's two at-large positions currently held by Mayor Pro Tem Pete Kamp, a businesswoman, and James King, an insurance agent.

Both said they are seeking re-election.

Filing for the races starts Feb. 6.

LOWELL BROWN can be reached at 940-566-6882. His e-mail address is lmbrown@dentonrc.com.


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