A year and a half before the 2006 elections, NewsChannel 11 has confirmed the first candidate to publicly announce his bid for mayor.
He has been a Lubbock business man for more than 30 years, served as past chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the University Medical Center Board of Managers.
David Miller filed the paper work Tuesday at the city secretary's office to name the treasurer for his mayoral campaign. That is the first step a prospective candidate must do before he officially files.
Miller has never run for public office and says he is very excited about this new venture in his life. Miller, once the Chief Executive Officer for Medgroup based in Lubbock, is now serving as Medgroup's Chairman of the Board. Miller says he filed early because he wants to start garnering support and learn what the citizens want. "I think the most important thing any leader can do is to meet the needs of those he or she is attempting to serve. In order to do that, you have to listen to those who you want to serve," said Miller.
City Councilman Tom Martin tells NewsChannel 11 he is seriously considering making a bid for mayor, but will not make a decision until June.
Current Mayor Marc McDougal told NewsChannel 11 he does not intend to run for a third term.
Miller says he started considering running for mayor last summer when his friends and civic leaders put the pressure on him.