Burleson City Council Candidates
A fairly brief overview of those running for Burleson City Council in May
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BURLESON – As we approach the end of January, it may be time to start thinking more about the local election in May when Burleson will elect three city councilmembers.
On the ballot are places one, three and five, held respectively by Victoria Johnson, Ronnie Johnson (not related) and Mayor Pro Tem Dan McClendon.
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Victoria Johnson and McClendon are running for reelection. Ronnie Johnson is electing to retire.
Victoria Johnson is seeking reelection because she wants to build on her accomplishments in her first term and be involved in planning the west side of Burleson where the Chisholm Trail corridor is. She’s interested in relocating City Hall to that area, she said in an interview in January.
McClendon is seeking reelection because he wants to continue to be a leader pushing Burleson forward, he said in a January interview.
McClendon was elected to city council in 2007 and appointed Mayor Pro Tem in 2014. He said he’s proud of the city council’s infrastructure accomplishments during his tenure, particularly during his time as president of the Burleson 4A Economic Development Corporation.
“I’m an infrastructure guy, and I make no apologies for that,” McClendon said.
He points to Hooper Business Park as an example of something Burleson’s built to improve jobs, housing and transportation.
“What I really like about that project is it’s an example of when a city makes an investment and then the private industry steps up,” McClendon said of Hooper Business Park.
Like Victoria Johnson, McClendon wants to be involved in the development of the west side, particularly Chisholm Summit. Also like Johnson, McClendon is interested in City Hall’s relocation.
McClendon and Johnson believe City Hall’s location at the edge of Mayor Vera Calvin Plaza in Old Town could be better utilized than for city-government business. Johnson said she’d prefer the “treasure” Old Town be a destination.
Public-gathering has been a focus for Johnson since she was elected to the city council in 2021. She’s proud of the park-improvements in Burleson during her first term.
“I strive for our city to be the place where you’re not only working, but you’re enjoying your free time, you’re shopping, you’re eating, you're playing,” Johnson said. “I want us to truly be that hometown.”
Ronnie Johnson, Place Three, has elected to retire after being appointed to city council to fill resignee Jimmy Stanford’s place in June after Mayor Chris Fletcher beat Johnson in the mayoral election in May.
Johnson said he knew he wasn’t running for reelection when he was appointed to complete the Place Three term and that he was only planning to complete one term as mayor if he’d beaten Fletcher.
“I’ve been at this 32 years, so it’s time to step back and step down,” Johnson said in an interview in January.
Johnson served on Place Six of the Burleson City Council from 2012 to 2023 before running for mayor in 2023 and being appointed to replace Stanford for Place Three in June.
Johnson said he hopes his Place Three replacement “has a love for the city,” and helps it grow and move forward. He added that he wants them to be fiscally conservative.
“When you spend the taxpayer money, you need to be very very cautious,” Johnson said.
Running to replace Johnson on Place Three is local realtor Alexa Boedeker.
“I take it personally when someone says ‘get involved,’” Boedeker stated in her campaign announcement on Facebook.
Burleson hasn’t announced any other candidates.
The election will be held May 4 at the Ron Harmon Sub Courthouse. Voters can vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day or vote early from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April 22 to April 26 and April 29 and 30 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27.