Denison City Councilor Janet Gott is expected to announce her resignation from the council and her intent to run for mayor during a meeting Tuesday evening. Tuesday’s Council meeting, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. includes an item related to accepting the resignation.
In a phone interview Saturday, Gott confirmed she is resigning to run for the mayoral position, following the end of Mayor Jared Johnson’s term limit in May. Under state law, Gott cannot hold both positions, necessitating the need to resign ahead of the election.
“I have been a lifelong resident, and I love Denison,” Gott said. “I love where we are headed, and I honestly think we are headed toward great things.”
Gott was first elected to Place 6, an at-large council seat, in 2013 and was most recently reelected in 2016. Gott’s term would have ended in 2019.
With more than a year left in her position, Gott will not need to vacate her seat before the election, and will be able to continue to serve with the council until the city’s election. This will leave Gott’s seat open to be filled in May’s election as the resignation occurred before the opening for candidacy in the May elections. The registration for candidates for May elections will open on Wednesday, Gott said.
Before her time with the Denison City Council, Gott worked for BAG Corp. for 23 years and retired in 2010 as vice president of operations. In this role, Gott said she was responsible for all domestic and international operations for the company.
Gott’s bid for candidacy comes as Johnson has reached the end of his term and will be unable to run for reelection as he has reached his term limit. In total, Johnson served the city for 12 of the past 13 years as a council member and later mayor. This will make Gott the first person to announce a campaign to run for the position.
Johnson was recognized for his contributions to the city Friday during the Denison Development Alliance’s annual economic development summit. Gott was among those who spoke regarding his tenure.