Harvey McClendon has won re-election to the Kilgore City Council seat, the City of Kilgore announced Saturday night.
McClendon had 222 votes to challenger Brandon Bigos’ 76 votes, according to unofficial results.
Mayor Ronnie Spradlin, who was running unopposed, received 253 votes, according to unofficial results.
McClendon, who serves as Mayor Pro Tem in addition to his Place 2 seat, has been on the council for 14 years. As a local business owner, he said earlier in the year he decided to run for re-election upon seeing the many projects laid out for Kilgore in the coming years.
“We’ve got some significant projects we’re working on. I want to be sure they get completed since I’ve been involved in those,” he said.
McClendon referred to multiple projects recently begun in the city, including plans to redevelop Laird Memorial Hospital in conjunction with Christus Good Shepherd, the Roy H. Laird Memorial Hospital Foundation, the City of Kilgore and Kilgore College, to create a new facility to be called the Roy H. Laird Medical Center.
He also referred to ongoing work in Kilgore’s downtown core, with extensive plans to promote business development there, as well as plans to improve roadways downtown and throughout the city.
“The new one we’ve got the is the utilities and the construction at the circle at Houston Street and Highway 135. It will probably be a two-year project. That’s something we’ve been trying to get done for many years,” he said.
Additionally, the Kilgore City Council has recently finalized and approved its 2030 Comprehensive Plan, which includes years’ worth of projects. Of course, there are also the day-to-day tasks which come with a seat on the council.
“I’ve got a lot of experience with that in the 14 years,” he said. It would be good just to have some continuity on the council. We’ve got some new members, and I agreed to stay on if I’m re-elected.”
McClendon describes himself as fiscally conservative, a trait which will serve the council well, he says, as they face a tough budget year ahead as the city is still dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the loss of major local employer Halliburton.
“With everything going on, we’ll get pretty much back to normal hopefully this year,” he said. “We’re really going to have to ride out this year financially, and we’ve taken a hit with Halliburton leaving the tax base and some of the oilfield down-turn. Coming back hopefully won’t be too onerous on us. We’ve got a great staff now and we just can keep moving forward and take things as they come.”