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      Paul Harpole throws his hat in the ring for mayor

      Paul Harpole, former city commissioner announces his intention to run for city mayor.

      UPDATE: We have also learned that Lilia Escajeda, plans to formally announce her candidacy for the office of Amarillo City Commissioner Place 3. She will make the announcement on Thursday morning, at 10:30 at City Hall.

      UPDATE: Paul Harpole is now formally a candidate for the position of Amarillo Mayor. He made the announcement Wednesday morning in front of a packed city commission chamber, full of supporters.

      He said his most important job as mayor will be to listen to the citizens of Amarillo and make decisions based on all the information available.

      He also says he supports water conservation in the Panhandle and the efforts of revitalizing downtown but he added he didn't want to stop there.

      He compared the city to our home and said, "The downtown area is the living room. And if that's the case, we don't want to stop there. We also need to look at the bedrooms and our yard, too."

      No other candidates have yet announced any intentions to run for mayor at this time.

      What do you think, would Paul Harpole be a good choice for Amarillo mayor? Weigh in with our web poll below, and tell us why you think he would be a good choice or why you think someone else would be a better choice in the comments.

      Previously posted:

      T uesday, Mayor Debra McCartt announced she would not be running for reelection. McCartt has served as Amarillo's mayor since 2005. Along with her announcement, last week commissioners Madison Scott and Ron Boyd announced they too will not seek reelection.

      After McCartt's announcement former commissioner Paul Harpole announced his intention to run for mayor.

      Read more Paul Harpole to run for Amarillo Debra McCartt will not seek reelection as Amarillo's mayor Changes coming to Amarillo City Commission

      In a press conference Wednesday morning Harpole made his intentions clear.

      We will have an update on what he had to say soon.