The City Council is comprised of a Mayor, who is elected at large, and six Council Members, one elected from each district. Council members do not have day-to-day administrative duties, but rather focus on big picture issues as the elected policymakers for the city. Council members also take feedback from the community, approve the budget and tax rate, adopt ordinances and resolutions, and establish goals and provide direction. The City Council is also responsible to supervise, monitor, and evaluate the performance of the City Manager, City Attorney, City Secretary, and Municipal Judge. Council members are elected to three-year terms with a limit of three full terms.
David Wright, District 5
Elected: May 2015
Current Term Expires: May 2019
David Wright represents District 5. He moved to Carthage in 1981 to go to work for Schlumberger after graduating from Auburn University. After marrying his wife Karen in 1985, he and Karen lived in several different cities in East Texas over the next 15 years. They returned to Longview in 2000 with their children, Matt, Allison and Mitch after he became part owner of Texas Iron and Steel. In 2013 he bought out his partner and became the sole owner of the company. David is a member and finance chairman at Grace Crossing United Methodist Church and a member of the Longview Greggton Rotary where he has served as chairman of the rodeo and president of the club.
Council Liaison Responsibilities*
Council Appointments Committee
Tax Abatement Committee
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Longview Economic Development Corporation
*Liaison responsibilities are reassigned by the mayor annually in June.