Wiseman won’t seek third term as Starkville mayor

Wiseman, who was elected mayor in 2009 when he was 28 years old, confirmed to The Dispatch he will not seek a third term in next year’s municipal election cycle.

The mayor’s decision is twofold: Wiseman, now 36, said he has accomplished a large amount of the agenda he set when entering public service seven years ago and now he and his wife, Lindsey, are expecting their third child this spring.

“It hasn’t been an easy decision at all, because I really, really love the job. This is something that Lindsey and I have talked about a lot, because this is a job that requires tremendous sacrifices from the whole family,” he said. “The only way I know to do this is with a full heart in pursuit of an agenda I feel passionate about. I just have very mixed feelings right now about the future, because I think it’s time for me to make sure I can give my family all the time I can.

“We set an agenda … and I’m proud of those accomplishments, including having a thriving downtown, developing a high quality of life in the community, strengthening local and regional partnerships and upgrading our city facilities,” Wiseman added. “By in large, we’ve accomplished what we’ve set out to do.”

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