West University Councilmember Bob Higley wasted no time, turning in his paperwork to run for mayor on the first day of filing Jan. 16.
He and his wife, former Mayor Laura Higley, held an open house to get the 25 signatures required to get on the ballot and handed out yard signs to supporters.
The Higleys have lived in West U for 45 years. He is serving his first term on City Council but was a Zoning & Planning Commissioner for three terms and served on the Charter Review Committee. He is a financial adviser with Wells Fargo. Laura Higley was mayor from 1989-91 and has been an elected justice on the state First Court of Appeals for 17 years.
Feb. 15 is the deadline to file for mayor and four council positions. Mayor Susan Sample and Mayor Pro Tem/Councilmember Mardi Turner are term limited from seeking re-election.
Candidates must be 21 years old, been a resident of West U for at least 12 months before the May 4 election date, and be qualified to vote in the city. They must file a signed, sworn application and a petition signed by at least 25 qualified voters supporting their candidacy to get a place on the ballot.