Hardman announces candidacy for re-election as Waynesville mayor

Darrell Todd Maurina

Hardman announces candidacy for re-election as Waynesville mayor

Mayor Luge Hardman
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 27, 2015) — Mayor Luge Hardman announced Tuesday morning that she plans to run for a second two-year term as mayor of the city of Waynesville.

Filing won’t begin until December and Hardman’s announcement is far in advance of when she needed to make her intentions public.

“I have enjoyed the last four years as your mayor,” Hardman said in a prepared statement. “I enjoy the people, the activity and seeing the results of our planning and hard work. After filing for office in December, I will release a specific list of goals that I would work to accomplish in a second term.”

As Hardman noted, she serves a four-year term. That’s not typical for Pulaski County cities; all the other four local mayors serve two-year rather than four-year terms. Waynesville is the county’s only third-class city with a mayor with a four-year term and councilmen with two-year terms rather than a mayor and aldermen, all with two-year terms, as in the county’s other cities, all of which are fourth-class cities. She’ll also be the only mayor up for election in 2016; the other four mayors are up for election in 2017.

Hardman, a retired Waynesville High School teacher, was elected in 2012 after defeating fellow Waynesville teacher Adele Nickels. Both Hardman and Nickels had served for many years on the Waynesville City Council, though Nickels was no longer a councilman when she ran for mayor.

So far, no other candidates have announced their intention to run for Waynesville mayor.

“I would appreciate your continued support for another term as mayor of Waynesville,” Hardman said. “I have worked hard to be accessible to our citizens. I have been honest and forthright. I pledge to continue working to improve our quality of life, improve our infrastructure and to focus on economic development.”

While Hardman said she’ll be more specific on her goals for a second term once filing formally begins, she cited items she said have been accomplished by the city during her current term, including infrastructure improvements, mitigating “problem areas after the 2013 flood” which killed a young mother and daughter swept off the road by flooding near Hunters Point outside the city limits, and improvements in tourism opportunities, communication with citizens, and general “quality of life in Waynesville.”

“We have continued the revitalization of the downtown square, welcomed several new businesses, built on existing relationships with our neighbors and enhanced our park system,” Hardman said.

The downtown area has been a focus of Hardman’s interest for years dating back to her time on the city council before she was elected mayor.

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