It appears District 3 Councilman Bill McDonald will have an opponent for the upcoming May election. Phil Huttash, 66, has filed to run.
Huttash, a former Jacksonville volunteer fire fighter who has owned Huttash Paint and Body Shop since 1983, believes he is the best candidate to help continue the city's work. He said he was encouraged by news of an independent financial audit solicited by the City Council that indicates debt is down and revenue up in Jacksonville.
His father, Robert Huttash, was a longtime Jacksonville city councilman and mayor.
"I think the city has made some really good decisions," he said. "Two years ago I thought about run. ning and Billy decided to run and I let him. But lately some friends have been asking me to run, and I decided it was time."
As a Jacksonville native, Huttash said he would like to work to see the city continue to prosper and grow.
He is a 1965 graduate of Jacksonville High School and attended Lon Morris College.
Ultimately, he achieved a business degree in 1970 from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Additionally, he worked as a volunteer Jacksonville fire fighter for 15 years starting in the late 1970s.
He was married to his wife Kayron for 42 years before she died at age 62 in April 2011. She worked for the Jacksonville ISD for 32 years.
His two daughters, Shannon Kuhrt, 42, and Shawna Hendrix, 36, are both married and both educators.
He said he has always been interested in politics and decided it finally was time to run.
"I like Jacksonville," he said. "I just want to go farther and keep it going."
Meanwhile, District 1 incumbent councilman Hubert Robinson has filed for reelection and is unopposed, confirmed Betty Thompson, Jack-sonville city secretary.
Early voting for the May election is from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 29 through May 7.
On the May 11 election day, polling hours are from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
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