Wesley Thomas looks to better community with city commissioner bid
The spot for Ward 3 on the Pampa City Commission is one of the two positions open on the Pampa City Council. Matt Rains is vying for the other spot and is running unopposed.
But Ward 3 has six candidates seeking votes for the spot: Kurt Curfman, Jace Jenkins, Jimmy Keough, Robert Rivas, Bill Shelton and Wesley Thomas.
Wesley Thomas and his friend saw the need to run when he heard about a vacancy.
“If I get in the first month or two I’m going to city commission meetings and look on the agenda and see what can be done, what needs to be done,” Thomas said. “I’d like to go up there and see what’s going on the first month before I start making decisions on what I can do. I can see a lot of things that need to change.”
Thomas says he sees a lot of hotel/motels and gas stations in Pampa, but would like to see more diversity.
“I think we need different restaurants, different stores and more variety on places to eat,” Thomas said. “I think the Pampa EDC (Economic Development Commission) needs to have more done with it.”
Thomas was born and raised in Pampa.
A 1970 graduate of Pampa High School, Thomas said he loves this town and would like to see the city jump-started.
“I think something needs to be done and I think businesses need to come in,” Thomas said. “I think the Pampa EDC needs to work harder to get businesses in.”
Thomas did say he notices the Pampa Energy Center near Kingsmill that houses companies such as G2X. Thomas said he feels like news faces, new people, questions and suggestions can help build Pampa back up.
Thomas said he is a “radical republican” and was a hauled propane for 37 years and enjoyed hunting, fishing and “anything outdoors.”
While Thomas hasn’t been able to visit with City staff recently because of health problems, he said he knows several people within the city.
Thomas is married his wife of 42 years, Sherry, and the couple has two children, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Early voting continues through April 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Except March 27-28 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., March 30 no early voting). Early voting is on the second floor of City Hall.
Election day will be at Lovett Memorial Library on April 7 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.