Granite Shoals Mayor Aaron Garcia has announced he will not seek re-election in May 2023. The deadline to file to run for mayor or the other four City Council seats up for election is Feb. 17. Staff photo by Dakota Morrissiey
Granite Shoals Mayor Aaron Garcia will not be running for mayor or any other position on the City Council in the May 6 elections, leaving the field wide open for potential candidates. He cited work schedule conflicts and the heavy time investment of holding a council position as his main reasons for not running.
Garcia announced his intention to remove himself from the running in an interview with DailyTrib.com on Thursday, Jan. 19, explaining that his job as a Marble Falls police sergeant made it difficult to balance his professional responsibilities with his civic responsibilities as mayor. He endorsed the mayoral candidacy of his friend and Charter Review Committee Chairman Kiel Arnone.
“I can’t devote the time I’d like to serve and represent the city with the type of employment that I have,” Garcia said. “I feel privileged to have been put into the position as mayor and having had the opportunity to serve.”
“Kiel has the time, and he has proven himself to be a devoted member of the community,” Garcia told DailyTrib.com. “He’s confident, does his homework, does his research, and his leadership (as mayor) will help the city move forward.”
Arnone was recently made chairman of the Charter Review Committee and applied for appointments to both the place 2 and place 3 council seats when they became available in October and November.
He attends most City Council meetings and has butted heads with Councilor Phil Ort. Most notably, Arnone filed a public information request regarding claims of support for a Granite Shoals Dark Skies Ordinance from Ort in September that led to censures against Ort from the City Council and an Ethics Review Committee for failing to fulfill that request.
Arnone filed his application to run for mayor on Jan. 19 shortly after Garcia announced his intention not to run.
“I’m hoping to make some changes for the betterment of Granite Shoals,” Arnone told DailyTrib.com.