Denison council member resigns to run for mayor

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) -- Wednesday is the first day for people to file for May's local political elections and one of those races will be for the mayor of Denison.

Jared Johnson's role as Denison's mayor is coming to end.

"It's bittersweet, it's been a blessing to serve the citizens of Denison, it's really an honor," Johnson said.

Johnson has held an elected position for 12 years, six on the council and six as mayor. He's now reached his term limit as mayor.

"I couldn't be more happy of the accomplishments that the whole team has made, that the community has made," Johnson said.

Janet Gott has served on the council for the last five years under Johnson's leadership and her current seat wouldn't be up until 2019.

Tuesday, Gott resigned so that she can run for mayor.

"The opportunity was here and after lots of consideration and lots of prayer, I decided that it was the right time," Gott said.

Gott's seat will be added to the ballot in May when voters select a new mayor and two other council seats.

"I really truly believe that Denison is on the cusp of being really great and I'd like to be a part of that," Gott said.

"The direction of the council over the last several years has put us on a good path and we just need to keep getting better," Johnson said.

We do not yet know of anyone else running for Denison mayor. Feb. 16 is the last day to file.