Perry City Council member Dr. Randy McCaulley announced at Tuesday’s meeting of the council that he will not seek reelection in November.
“It’s truly been an honor and a privilege for me to be on the council and represent the people of Perry,” the Second Ward council member said. “For the most part it’s been an enjoyable and challenging 11 years, but I have decided not to seek reelection for my seat.”
McCaulley said he was “contemplating a decision” for several months. “I’ve talked to my wife about it, talked to my brother, talked to my pastor, talked to Sven, prayed about it,” he said.
He urged Perry’s Hispanic residents to consider running for the Second Ward seat.
“If we look at the population of Perry, we’re somewhere between 40% and 45% Latino, yet we have no Latino representation on the council,” McCaulley said. “So it is my hope that a Latino individual will come forward and run for the city council. I think that would be really important for Perry to have that representation at this table.”
Perry Mayor John Andorf, speaking for himself and on behalf of the council, thanked McCaulley for his many years of hard work and dedication to the Perry community.
“We want to thank you for your 11 years of service on the council and your years of service to the community as superintendent and many other organizations and activities that you’ve been involved with and, I know, still will be,” Andorf said.
At-large council member Vicki Klein has already filed her nomination papers with the Dallas County Auditor for a spot on the November 2 ballot. Klein is seeking a second four-year term on the five-member body.
Andorf has not filed nomination papers but indicated that he will seek a third two-year term as mayor. Prior to his election as mayor, Andorf served one term on the Perry City Council.
The deadline to submit nomination papers to the county auditor for city offices and to the school secretary for school board races is Thursday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m.