After ‘prayer and reflection’ Dan Pope not running for reelection as Lubbock mayor

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope announced Friday afternoon that he will not run for reelection.

“I have decided not to run for a fourth term as Lubbock mayor next May,” Pope said.

Pope said there would be a time for reflection but for now he plans to keep working as mayor to get things done.

“I serve with a fantastic City Council working together with each of you. We have moved our community forward,” he said. “Serving as your Mayor has been my greatest honor.”

Pope closed his announcement with his signature phrase, “It’s a great day in Lubbock, Texas.”

the following is the text of a written statement released by the mayor:

Happy Friday, Mayor Dan Pope, with an important update.

I have decided not to run for a fourth term as Lubbock Mayor next May. This decision was arrived at after much thought, prayer, and reflection. I’m thankful for the listening ear and wise counsel of close friends and my wife, Denise, as I reached this decision.

I believe a government closest to the people functions best. City governments are far from perfect – to that, I certainly can attest. However, our record is significant over the past six years, and we’ve made great strides in Lubbock. I serve with a fantastic City Council working together with each of you. We have moved our community forward.

Now there will be an appropriate time for reflection and appreciation in the future. However, for the next six months, you can rest assured I will work with the Council, city staff, and each of you to prioritize public safety, fiscal discipline, strong neighborhoods, improvements to the quality of life, and the creation of good jobs. This may sound familiar. It’s the same promise I made when I announced my candidacy in the fall of 2015. I believe now, as I did then, the American dream is alive and well in Lubbock, Texas.

Serving as your Mayor has been my greatest honor. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. May God bless you all.

And as always, it’s a great day in Lubbock, Texas.

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