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Ford Won't Run In 2013

The city of Temple will have a new Mayor in 2014. Current Mayor Rick Ford announced Thursday that he will not seek a third consecutive term.
 
“When I first ran for Mayor in 2005 I stated that I was not a professional politician—and also expressed that I believe in term limits… I believe it allows for fresh ideas and limits complacency,” He said. “So I’m nearing the end of my second 4-year term and staying true to my word I will not seek re-election in this year’s Mayoral race.”
 
Ford narrowly defeated former Mayor Lester Harmon by three votes to remain Mayor for a second term in 2009.
 
Ford does not rule out running for any office in the future.
 
“I do want to thank the good people of Temple for letting me serve over this period—It’s been an honor and privilege for me… And while it’s true that you can’t please all of the people all of the time I can honestly say I’ve always tried to make decisions that were in the best interest of all of the citizens all of the time,” Ford said. “I also feel like we’ve made a lot of progress over the last eight years—tried to strive for smart growth and economic development. We were on the verge of busting loose before the economic downturn hit back in 2008… but with that said, the city itself is really in good fiscal health.”
 
Qualifying for numerous municipal positions in Carroll County begins Monday. That includes the Temple Mayor and job and city Temple City Council wards 1 and 2. Terron Bivens and Larry Mann currently hold the latter seats.
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