City Councilman Gary Watkins is running for mayor of Portales.
The 54 year-old Portales born native is serving his third term as Ward B councilman.
He worked with the Fire Department for 25 years before retiring in 1999.
In announcing his candidacy Thursday, Watkins said because he is retired he believes he can put forth the effort needed to do what is best for Portales.
Mayor Orlando Ortega in October annouced he would not seek re-election.