Southlake Mayor John Huffman will not seek re-election to his current post in 2024, instead turning his focus to run for U.S. Congress.

He announced on social media his intention to seek the soon-to-be-vacated spot held by Rep. Michael C. Burgess, R-Denton. Burgess represents the 26th District, which covers portions of Denton, Wise, Cooke and Tarrant counties.

“My wife, Elizabeth, and I feel called to public service, and we feel like we have a lot to like to give it,” Huffman said. “We're looking forward to digging in and helping to restore a broken Washington [D.C.] and get the government off the back of the people.”

Zooming in

Huffman, a business owner, was elected to Southlake council in 2015 for Place 5. He served as deputy mayor pro tem and ran for mayor in 2021, winning that election with 70% of the votes.

Huffman said he will continue his duties as mayor through the end of his term in May. Huffman and Place 2 council member Randy Robbins' spots are both up for election. The filing dates for council will run from Jan. 17 to Feb. 16.

A sitting member on council can apply for the mayor position. According to city election code, they would maintain their current seat until Election Day, but the candidate must vacate their currently elected seat they held when declaring for the mayor position.

What else?

Huffman said it took about a week to decide he would run for the position after he heard the news that Burgess would retire from public office.

“At that point, we started considering it and thinking about what it would look like for our family and whether we had something to offer the voters of the 26th District,” Huffman said. “And we believe we do.”

Candidates have until Dec. 11 to enter the race for the March 5 primary. Other people that have filed to run with Huffman are former Denton County Judge Scott Armey, Brandon Gill and Burt Thakur.