Roofe Seeks Rector Mayor Post
A lone candidate has filed for the position of Mayor of the City of Rector thus far. Teresa Roofe, known to many in Rector for her tireless volunteer efforts with the Rector Labor Day Picnic and the Woodland Heights Cemetery Association as well as having served as a member of the Rector City Council since 2008, has filed for the position following the announcement from incumbent mayor David Freeman that he would not seek re-election.
When it came to making the decision to file for the position, Roofe said she "prayed about a lot."
"There was someone who I'd hoped would run (for mayor), but when he told me his reasons for not doing it, I realized that I didn't have them (reasons not to run). I had asked for a sign, and I realized that was it."
Community service is very important to Roofe, as evidenced by her years of service through the Labor Day Committee, Cemetery Association and numerous other projects.
"I care about Rector a lot," said Roofe, who is employed at Centennial Bank of Rector. "I love this community with all my heart. I've raised my kids here. My grandkids are here. This is home."
Roofe noted she hopes to continue to promote a community in which everyone works together to the benefit of all.
"We are in better shape financially than a lot of communities our size, and I hope to continue that trend," Roofe said. "I think the city departments do a good job of working together and meeting the needs of our residents. We're here for the people of Rector, and that's the most important part of any of our jobs."
Roofe and her husband, Shayne, have two adult children, David Hendrix and Alex Roofe; two beloved daughters-in-law, Cobi Hendrix and Racheal Roofe, and two grandchildren, Sawyer and John Ford Hendrix.
Meanwhile, as the filing period for the 2014 municipal election continues, a number of other candidates have submitted the necessary paperwork in the past week.
As of the end of business on Monday, Aug. 4, the following candidates had filed with Clay County Clerk Pat Poole's office.
In Rector, along with Roofe, as candidate for mayor, Lark Sigsby has filed for the alderman seat from East Ward, Position One. Currently, neither is facing opposition.
Earlier this year Alderman Jim Poole, of Piggott, announced his candidacy for the office of mayor and he is the only candidate to file for the office. Poole is currently mid-way through a four year term on city council. And, earlier this year Piggott City Clerk Ramona Magee announced she was also seeking re-election to another term, and she has also filed. Also seeking another term are the two Piggott aldermen who stand for re-election this fall, Mike Cook and Jamey Parks.
Cook serves as alderman from the North Ward, Position Two, while Parks serves the South Ward, Position Two.
Other mayoral filings from across the county include Keith Dalton, for Mayor St. Francis, and incumbent Dewayne Phelan, and J.H. Ermert for Mayor of Corning.
City Clerk Fran Edwards is also seeking re-election to her post for the City of Corning.
Meanwhile, F. B. Manatt, Ray Vanoy and Danny Moore have all filed for alderman seats in Corning, while Sherry Rainwater has filed as a candidate for alderman, Position Four, from Peach Orchard.
The filing period for the municipal election began Friday, July 25, and will end at noon on Friday, Aug. 15.