Lufkin’s new mayor talks aspirations, vision for the city

Updated: May. 6, 2021 at 11:13 AM CDT
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LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - After being sworn in as Mayor of Lufkin on Tuesday, Thursday marked the first day Mark Hicks worked inside City Hall in the new role.

“I’m thrilled,” Hicks said.”

Hicks has served on the Lufkin City Council for six years. He said he hopes to use what he has learned to work for what residents want to see for Lufkin and be a voice for all.

“It’s not about what I want, it’s about what our community wants, and I am their representative,” he said. “I take that very seriously. I grew up here and I love this community. I want to see good things happen here.

Hicks said one area he looks to improve is jobs in Lufkin.

“Job creation is very important to me because I feel like a good paying job, I tell people fixes everything,” he said. “It doesn’t but it is sure a benefit.”

He said quality of life also stands out as a priority.

“We want to provide a positive environment,” Hicks said. “We want to provide things for people to do like activities. Just a welcoming environment for all people.”

Hicks said he wants to continue to build strong relationships established within the community.

“We have great public servants, police, fire, public safety that’s very strong,” Hicks said. “They have good relationships with all parts of this community. The city provides your water, sewer, trash pickup. We take of the streets and roads. I think we do a good job doing that. We’re financially sound. We can look to grow upon the positive things we’ve already got going.”

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