The Rev. Kirklin Cross, who recently filed in the Cleburne mayoral race, said he will focus on quality of life issues if elected.
“For me it’s a matter of living in Cleburne, seeing the way things are headed, and thinking there’s something better,” Cross said. “I think the local government is perhaps not as family friendly as they could be or as concerned with quality of life issues.”
Cross is one of four candidates who filed to compete for the mayor’s seat in May. Former Cleburne Mayor Tom Hazlewood also filed, as did Cleburne businessmen John Hagan and Justin Hewlett. The incumbent, Ted Reynolds, chose not to seek re-election.
Cross ran unsuccessfully for mayor and for the Single Member District 4 council seat in previous city elections.
Attracting business and jobs to Cleburne remains a priority, Cross said, as does preparation for the growth expected in coming years thanks to the Texas 121 project, which would extend Texas 121 from Fort Worth to Cleburne.
“The business end and jobs are important,” Cross said. “It’s also important to look at the people and family side, and to remember that the government is there at the pleasure of the citizens. We need a government more in touch with the people they represent.”
Although city and Cleburne 4B Economic Development Corporation projects have brought several amenities to Cleburne in recent years such as Splash Station and a new golf course, Cross said several of those facilities are too far away or too expensive for many residents.
Cross said he would like to see more quality of life amenities in Cleburne that are accessible to all residents.
Cross, and his wife of 35 years, Peggy Cross, have eight children. The family attends First Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Cleburne.