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Mayor Phil Pool called a Special Meeting of the Big Lake City Council for this Wednesday at 6 p.m. to discuss postponing Big Lake's City Council/Mayor election.

The move comes in response to a proclamation issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on March 18th allowing for the postponement of local elections set for May 2, 2020.

Abbott's proclamation allows those elections to be postponed until November 3, 2020.

"We just think it will be a good idea due to everything going on with the Coronavirus," Pool said.

Pool said nothing has been decided at this point about pushing Big Lake's Council/Mayor election back.

"I want us to get together and hear all sides of this," Pool said. "Of course we will hear everyone on the City Council and what they have to say, but we are also inviting each candidate on the ballot to voice their opinions."

The Special Meeting will have a different feel to it due to directives given by Abbott and Reagan County Judge Jim O'Bryan which limit group sizes to 10 people.

"We will be meeting in the parking lot of City Hall," Pool said. "I want the people of Big Lake to realize what a serious situation we are in right now. We will meet outdoors with plenty of space between everyone."

Pool said none of the decisions, including the possible postponement of the City's election, are being taken lightly.

"No decisions are being made hastily," Pool said. "I am begging everyone to follow the guidelines set on the national, state, county and city level. If we can all do our part, we can minimize the impact this virus will have on us here in Big Lake and Reagan County. In the end, I just want everyone to be safe and healthy. I think we all want that."

The City's election boasts a contested Mayor race and two council seats up for a vote.

Mayor Pool is being challenged by current Council Member David Melms.

There are five people vying for the two council seats.

Those people include: Cindy O'Bryan (Incumbent), David Valenzuela, Frank White, Deona Thompson and Cliff Miller.


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