BELTON, Texas (KWTX) Marion Grayson won't run for mayor again after serving as Belton's mayor for the last six years, through three terms and a decade of city council experience prior to that.
Grayson said after being re-elected during the last term she had a feeling it would be her last time running.
With her job as a realtor, her husband, children and grandchildren Grayson says it was time to step away from the city to enjoy the other aspects of her life more.
Though she won't be serving the community, she says she has no plans to move and will still be active in Belton, where she has spent most of her life.
"I love Belton, I always have so to be part of it just helped me be able to have a little say in how things were going to be formed in our community and the things that needed to be fixed so that we could be the best we could be. So I ran and I thought this is the only way I'm going to have a say and so I'm glad I got to do it," Grayson said.
Grayson was the first female mayor in the city, and she said it feels symbolic to step away from the role in 2020, a century after women in Texas gained the right to vote.
People within the city were sad to hear Grayson wasn't seeking re-election, even people outside her jurisdiction were sad by the news, including Temple Chamber of Commerce President, Rod Henry.
"She's had that very strong desire, from what I've seen, of helping to build bridges (between Belton and Temple) which is incredibly important. She will be missed," Henry said.
Henry describes Grayson as the perfect example of what people in Central Texas are like, even calling to Grayson’s tenure as the Belton mascot in high school.
Wednesday was the first day to file for the May 2020 election.