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City Councilor Mackey to announce campaign intention on Sunday

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Roswell City Councilor Natasha Mackey has made a decision about whether she will run for re-election to the City Council, or become the first African-American to run for mayor of the city.

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Mackey, who has been considering running for mayor for months, said in an email Thursday the time has come to announce a campaign decision. She said she will make the announcement at 1 p.m. Sunday on the westside steps of the Chaves County Courthouse.
“I’m doing the announcement, full-fledge,” she told the Daily Record. “I’ve invited friends and family and supporters to be there.”
Asked Thursday about her intentions, Mackey remained elusive. She said her announcement would be “short and sweet.”
Asked if she will announce a campaign for a second four-year term on the City Council or for mayor, Mackey said: “I will announce a decision on Sunday. I’m not going to tell you yet, I’ll tell you on Sunday.”
Mackey would become the first African-American candidate for mayor in the city’s history, and one of the first female mayoral candidates. The city’s black population is about 2.5 percent. The last female candidate for mayor was Judy Stubbs, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2006, when Sam LaGrone was elected. Mackey is already the first African-American elected to the Roswell City Council.

“If I do that, I will be the first woman, the first elected woman,” she said. “Judy Stubbs ran previously, but she did not win. But if I win, I’ll be the first woman to sit in office and of course the first African-American as well. It’s a big deal.”
Mackey, 39, is a math teacher at University High School, a business owner, a former associate pastor and currently serves her faith through Natasha N. Mackey Global Ministries. She is well-known in Roswell for frequently singing the national anthem at public events, and recently released her first CD called “Whisper’s from the heart of God.”
Mackey is in the fourth year of her first four-year term on the City Council. She has to decide whether to run for re-election to her Ward 1 seat or for mayor by Jan. 9, the filing day for municipal candidates. The nonpartisan elections are March 6, with early voting beginning Feb. 14.
The mayor’s position and five of the 10 City Council positions are up for election next year.
So far, former Mayor Del Jurney and former Marine Sergio S. Gonzalez have announced their candidacies for mayor in Roswell’s 2018 municipal elections. Mayor Dennis Kintigh has said he will make an announcement after Labor Day, and that he is interested in serving a second four-year term.
Editor Jeff Tucker can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 303, or at editor@rdrnews.com.