Tyler City councilman Don Warren announced on Monday that he is entering the race for Mayor in the May 2020 election.

He is now in a two-man race for the mayor’s seat with councilman John Nix. Nix resigned his city council spot on March 1 when he announced his candidacy.

Incumbent Martin Heines is unable to run again due to this being his third term.

“Tyler is a great place to live, work, raise a family, and retire,” Warren said in a statement. “I am proud to represent District 4 and I believe representing this district has given me the experience and relationships necessary to represent all of Tyler as mayor.”

Warren is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and went on to attend Texas Tech.

He is the owner of a small oil and gas asset management firm which he formed in 1994.

In his statement, he trumpeted how he helped with improvements at Bergfeld Park. He stated that his first priority would be improvement in infrastructure, particularly with wastewater.

This comes less than a week after there was a spill of 100,000 gallons of sewage from a city pipe that had collapsed.