PORT ARTHUR - Port Arthur City Councilman Harold Doucet told KFDM News he intends to run for Mayor in the May 2013 election.
"We need a change in leadership," said Doucet. "We need someone who can bring us together. I don't think Ms. Prince is doing that."
Mayor Deloris 'Bobbie' Prince told KFDM News she's "definitely running for reelection."
Prince said she believes Doucet is a divisive figure on council.
"Here's a person who has caused so much division on council and yet he wants to run for mayor," said Mayor Prince. "But this is America and he's certainly free to run."
Doucet has served about 1 1/2 years as councilman of District 4.
He retired in 2000 after 30 years in the U.S. Army. He was born and raised in Port Arthur.
Doucet said he'll file for the mayoral seat in February and will remain on council until the May 2013 election, at which time voters will choose a new representative for District 4 as well as deciding the Port Arthur mayoral election.
He plans to hold a news conference at 2 p.m. Thursday in front of Port Arthur City Hall to make a formal announcement.
"I've talked to business people and people in the community and they've urged me to run," said Doucet. "We need to move in a different direction. The city must reflect its leadership."
Doucet spelled out some of his goals if Port Arthur voters elect him mayor.
"Improve public service. Garbage and trash collection, water, drainage, streets. Place more emphasis on doing more. We can't do everything but we have to start doing enough so people understand it is a priority. Talking about it and not doing anything won't get it."
Mayor Prince told KFDM News she believes the city has made great strides during her tenure.
"This city has been moving in a positive direction for years," said Mayor Prince. "I inherited a lot that needed to be done and we have done a lot. We've received a lot of grant funding during my tenure."