Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker will not seek re-election in May.
Voelker told Community Impact he does not want to enter the upcoming election cycle as a “lame duck” mayor.
“This way, I’m making my announcement on my terms, not driven by the charter or anyone else,” he said. “It’s been a total honor to be the mayor. I love doing it, but there’s only so much one can give.”
Voelker has served 10 years as a Richardson politician, first being elected to the Richardson City Council in 2013. He was appointed mayor pro tempore in 2015, then was elected as mayor of Richardson in 2016 and re-elected in both 2019 and 2021. Voelker has not indicated what, if any, his future plans might be in the civic arena.
On January 25, Voelker will deliver his final State of the City Address at the Charles W. Eisemann Center at 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson.
Voelker said he plans to recap his mayoral tenure in a speech at his last city council meeting on May 15. He also said the most important vote he cast in his career was when the city acquired the Spring Creek Nature Area in 2014.
“That was 60-plus acres [of land] that would have probably ended up as apartments,” he said. “Most citizens thought we owned it anyway, but we didn’t, and we had to be very creative to make that happen.”
Voelker is CEO and managing partner of TrenData Inc., an AI-based analytics platform for building customized, industry-specific solutions.
Richardson residents will be able to file for a spot on the May 6 general election ballot starting January 18. The ballot includes the mayoral seat and all six council member seats.
The seven offices are elected at large, as all registered Richardson citizens are able to vote in any race. The deadline to file for the election is February 16.
Meanwhile, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson has been very vocal about his re-election campaign, claiming that Dallas voters believe the city is “going in the right direction.”
As previously covered by The Dallas Express, Johnson has announced his campaign will have more than $1.2 million by the time he files for reelection on January 18.