Bryan's first female city manager will now seek to become the city's first female mayor.
Mary Kaye Moore announced Monday she will be running for mayor this coming May, saying she has time and passion to serve the city.
Back in February of 2006, Moore retired as city manager, but remained with the city in a consultant role for a portion of the rest of the year. Since then, she says she has been volunteering around town, but that now is the time to return to service with the city.
Official filing for the May election begins February 12 and runs through March 12. Election Day is May 12.
Current mayor Ernie Wentrcek has repeatedly said he will not seek reelection. He has served on the council since 2001, and as mayor since 2004.
The following is Mary Kaye's Moore statement announcing her intention to run for mayor of Bryan:
"After careful consideration and enthusiastic encouragement I have decided to file in February for the office of Mayor in the May Bryan Municipal elections. Not only do I have the time to devote to the responsibility but I continue to have a passion for this community. My municipal career began in Bryan in 1984 and ended in Bryan in 2006. I owe a deep debt of gratitude to the citizens of the community for a wonderful and successful career in municipal government. I can think of no better way to repay that debt than by volunteering to continue to serve them.
"Since retirement I have had the opportunity to become more involved with many of the agencies that provide such needed services in the community. I find volunteer work extremely satisfying and look forward to serving Bryan in that capacity.
"I have great respect for the Council/Manager form of government and the many excellent employees that work for Bryan. I would consider it an honor and privilege to work with the Bryan Council and city staff to make Bryan an even better example of 'The Good Life, Texas Style.'"