Brumfield to run for mayor

File photo Gayla Brumfield

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff

Clovis Realtor Gayla Brumfield announced her intention to run for mayor Friday afternoon.

She joins Gloria Wicker, Rube Render and Tim Ashley in announcing a bid for the office.

Mayor David Lansford announced in November he would not seek a fourth term.

Mayoral and city commission candidates must file Jan. 8 to run in the March 4 municipal election.

The position of mayor pays $8,000 a year.

Brumfield, who has owned Coldwell Banker Colonial Real Estate since 1985, said her platform includes:

• Economic development — Brumfield said Clovis is poised for growth, so economic development needs to continue in order for more jobs to be available.

• Quality of life — Brumfield said she is in favor of bicycle and walking trails and a wellness center. She also would like to see more youth activities.

• Infrastructure — Brumfield said she would like to see drainage and streets improved.

• Downtown revitalization and beautification — Brumfield said she would like to see Clovis give “a better first impression.”

• City services and transportation — Brumfield said she would like to see the residents of Clovis “go more green,” by carpooling or utilizing the CATS buses. She would also like the city to have a recycling plan.

Brumfield doesn’t expect her “fivepoint” plan to happen overnight.

“We (city of Clovis) are going to need this to be a public private partnership,” she said. “This is really a 10-year plan, but you have to have a vision.”

Brumfield serves on the Clovis Community College Board of Regents and the Plains Regional Medical Center Board of Directors.

“People can make a difference,” Brumfield said. “I want our kids and grandkids to have a community to stay in and call home.”

The mother of two and grandmother of three said she is proud to be a part of Clovis. “I am a Clovis High School, Clovis Community College and a Wayland Baptist University graduate,” Brumfield said.

Brumfield, who has been a Clovis resident since 1963, said her years in real estate make her an ideal candidate for mayor.

“As a Realtor,” she said, “you have to have your finger on the pulse of the city.

“I have passion and experience,” Brumfield said. “I’m running for the betterment of the community.”