Longtime Schertz mayor announces he won't seek 4th term

Michael Carpenter hints at future public service plans

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SCHERTZ, Texas – After 14 years as a city leader in Schertz, Michael R. Carpenter announced Thursday he will not seek a fourth term as mayor.

"I believe the time has come for another citizen to enjoy that distinctive honor and singular privilege," Carpenter said in a statement.

Carpenter was first elected to the Schertz city council in May of 2005. He served four terms as a city councilman before he was elected as mayor in 2012.

Carpenter said he felt it was time to pursue new opportunities, including "future public service in some form" and said he expected there would be more to come on that subject in the coming months.

Carpenter sited a number of achievements during his tenure as the city's eighth mayor including the improvement of the city's bond rating, the first hospital to open in Schertz in nearly 100 years and other road and business developments. Carpenter said more than 2,200 jobs have been added in Schertz since 2012.

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