Texarkana, Arkansas Mayor Ruth Penney-Bell says she will not run for re-election later this year.
Citing age as a factor, Penney-Bell said, “Will I be able to do the things that I’ve done for another four years?” She said she’s making her decision known to give someone else a chance to run. Penney-Bell said, “This is an opportunity for someone younger that may have been holding back because they don’t want to run against an incumbent.”
Penney-Bell was first elected to the city’s board in 2009. She was elected as mayor in 2014. Her current term will end in December, 2018.