Penney-Bell says she won’t seek re-election

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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.

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