DORA — Mayor Randy Stephens announced in February that he would not run for re-election in the upcoming election, but he changed his mind. He plans to have his name on the ballot in the upcoming municipal elections in August.
Stephens said the initial decision to step down was because his “plate was full.”
“It was difficult to run a clinic full-time, be mayor, and take care of my elderly parents.
“My wife and I have been praying about it and trying to figure out a way to make this work for our family.”
Stephens is working on a plan to reduce some of his responsibilities, which would free him up to work more hours as mayor if he is re-elected.
The city has made significant changes under Stephens’ leadership. One of these includes building a new clubhouse for the city’s Horse Creek Golf Course. “Not only is the clubhouse the crowning jewel to the golf course, but it’s also an upscale venue for the community to use for reunions, Christmas parties, wedding showers, and other events,” he said.
Another improvement is the Veterans Memorial, which opened in November of 2019. “This is one of the greatest projects I’ve ever taken on,” Stephens said. “It will be a monument of appreciation for our veterans forever.”
The monument was a team effort among the city council, the mayor, and the veterans committee.
There are other projects and improvements that came during the last four years, and Stephens said he would like to have the opportunity to help keep the city moving in the right direction.
Campaigning will be different this time due to the coronavirus. “There are not many people who want to go knocking door to door, but we’ll see,” he said.
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