After spending the last four years learning the ins and outs of city government, Sherman Deputy Mayor David Plyler is ready to strike that word "deputy" from his title. Plyler filed paperwork Monday to run for mayor of Sherman during the Nov. 3 election. He is currently the only candidate in the race.

After spending the last four years learning the ins and outs of city government, Sherman Deputy Mayor David Plyler is ready to strike that word "deputy" from his title. Plyler filed paperwork Monday to run for mayor of Sherman during the Nov. 3 election. He is currently the only candidate in the race.


"Our family has always called Sherman home and we have enjoyed being a part of the city both as residents and as a part of the business community," Plyler said in a press release announcing his run. "The encouragement of family and numerous friends, coupled with my desire to continue to serve this great community, reinforced my decision to run for this office."


Plyler has been a member of the Sherman City Council since 2011, winning reelection to a second term in 2014. If he were to win election as mayor, Plyler’s seat on the Council would likely be appointed by the remaining councilors, according to city staff.


By day, Plyler runs the eponymous Texoma Parkway construction company founded by his grandfather Lloyd Plyler in 1962. He holds a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering technology from Texas Tech University.


Announcing his run for the city’s top office Monday, Plyler said his priorities as mayor would include heightened enforcement of Sherman’s substandard structure ordinance, building an effluent pipeline to Progress Park to reuse sewer water, and stabilizing utility rates through the city’s water treatment plant. Plyler lauded the work of outgoing Mayor Cary Wacker on each of those issues in his announcement.


Plyler listed his community service involvement as board member for several local organizations, including the Child and Family Guidance Center of Texoma, Ronnie Hill Ministries, Meals on Wheels of Texoma, and the Plyler Family Evangelism Foundation. Plyler has served as president of the Sherman Preservation League, and has taken missionary charters to Nicaragua, Canada and within the U.S. He is a member of Northpark Baptist Church.


Also on the ballot on Nov. 3 in Sherman will be elections for Place 1 and Place 2 on the Council. The former is being sought by political newcomer Kevin Couch, while the latter is held by Councilman Jason Sofey, who is running for reelection.