By Stacy Ryburn
Special to the Democrat
Mansfield’s mayor of more than 20 years announced last week that he will not seek re-election.
Mayor Glen Hurt, 61, was elected to office in November 1990. Before that, he served two years on the Mansfield City Council. Hurt will finish the rest of his term and retire from his position after serving 24 years as mayor. Mansfield voters will elect a new mayor in the Nov. 4 election.
“I have certainly enjoyed my years of service to the community and have had a very supportive council and citizens to support our efforts to make Mansfield a better place to live and be proud of,” Hurt stated in a news release issued Friday.
Hurt said serving Mansfield, which is split between the Sebastian and Scott county lines, has been a unique challenge at times. Hurt does not plan to run for any state or county offices. He owns Hurt’s Hardware in Mansfield.
Hurt cited the past five years as his biggest challenge because of a struggling economy and new mandates from the state and federal government.
“My wife and I own a small business, and we all are sharing the pain of a poor economy and loss of jobs in the entire area,” he said. “My hope is that the town, school, industry, businesses and places of worship all do well in the near future.”
Hurt has been married to his wife, Jan, for 43 years and has two children, Jason Hurt and Chanda Adams, both of Mansfield, and three granddaughters, Chloe, Makenna and Brooklyn.
The Mansfield mayor position is a four-year term and pays $50,261.94 annually.