A businessman says he will run for the District 4 seat on Tyler City Council in May of 2020.
James Wynne, 53, announced Wednesday he would seek to succeed Councilman Don Warren, who is running for mayor in 2020. Wynne is the first candidate to announce for the seat.
District 4 includes most neighborhoods north of Fifth Street, east of Broadway Avenue and south of East Gentry Parkway, plus some neighborhoods east of Loop 323.
Wynne lives on Sixth Street in the Azalea District.
“I feel that at this point in time in my life that it’s the right thing to do,” Wynne said. “I’ve talked to my neighbors. I’ve talked to community leaders, and we feel like this is the next step in my life.”
Wynne volunteers with the City of Tyler Airport Advisory Board, Tyler Police Foundation, Heart of Tyler, Historic Tyler and the Tyler Fire Foundation. He sits n the boards of the Tyler Health Facilities Development Corp. and All Saints Episcopal School.
“I’ve done community service for years, and I’ve never done just beyond city boards, commissions,” Wynne said. He said he has no political aspirations beyond sitting on the City Council.
Wynne said he wants to continue the city’s model of pay-as-you-go in which the city uses revenue from the half-percent sales tax, also known as the half-cent sales tax, to pay cash for infrastructure repairs.
“I believe my business background and experience serving on city committees as well as other diverse community boards will be an asset in working as a member of the City Council,” Wynne said in a news release.
“I have a passion for my city and a desire to work together with other members of the council, community leaders and citizens to build a consensus on important projects that make our city great,” he said.
The races for mayor and for Tyler City Council Districts 2, 4 and 6 will be held the first Saturday in May.
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