Brodell Says He Will NOT Seek Re-election as Mayor

January 19, 2004 - Posted at 5:21 p.m. CDT, updated at 7:38 a.m. on Jan. 20

JONESBORO, AR - In an unexpected move Monday afternoon, longtime Jonesboro Mayor Hubert Brodell announced that he will not seek re-election to another term.

Shortly after 5 p.m., the K8 newsroom received a statement from the Mayor's office via fax, in which the Mayor said, "At the end of this term, I will be almost 76 years of age and with the realization that my time on this earth is limited.  I want to spend this time with my wife, my children and their families.  So, today, I announce that I will not be a candidate for Mayor of the City of Jonesboro."

Brodell's administrative assistant, Larry Johnson, told K8 News that Brodell was not available for any interviews Monday afternoon or evening.  Brodell was apparently out of the office for most of the afternoon, and Johnson reportedly broke the news to the city's department heads.

Brodell's news comes only two days after Jonesboro Police Department Public Information Officer Doug Formon announced his candidacy for Mayor.  Jonesboro business owner Travis Moore announced his candidacy for the office a few weeks ago.  So far, Formon and Moore are the only two candidates to announce for the position.

Formon reacted to Brodell's news by saying, "I wish Hubert Brodell the best in his new life!  I think this confirms a new generation needs to lead Jonesboro.  We will have a new day at City Hall now."