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Beaumont Mayor Robin Mouton will seek second term

She made history as the first Black female mayor of the city and replaced former mayor Becky Ames, who held the office for 14 years.

BEAUMONT, Texas — Beaumont Mayor Robin Mouton plans to seek re-election in 2023 after serving her first term as the city's first Black female mayor.

Mouton confirmed to 12News in November 2022 that she intended  to run for a second term.

Her campaign announced, Thursday, February 16, 2023, that she will be holding a formal campaign kickoff event on March 2, 2023.

The kickoff event will be from from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at The Tevis Room overlooking the Beaumont Event Center  lake at 150 Magnolia St.

“I am running to complete the mission of continuing to build a better Beaumont with the commitment to continue creating a strong workforce, economic development, downtown revitalization, and a safe city for people to live work and play," Mouton was quoted as saying in the statement.

The mayor beat businessman Roy West, Jr. with 52% of the vote and a margin of a little more than 600 votes in a runoff election in 2021.

West announced on Monday,  in a video posted on Facebook, that he will run again for the office in the next election.

Mouton, who made history as the first Black female mayor of the city, replaced former mayor Becky Ames who held the office for 14 years.

She became the city's first new mayor to be elected since 2007.

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In a video interview released by the city in 2022, Mayor Mouton said caring about people is a big part of her job, and one she does not take lightly. 

"I want to see this city thrive," Mouton said in the video. "We have too many resources in our city to not be one of the top cities in the state of Texas."

Mouton is a lifelong Beaumont resident and a committed community leader. 

Before she ran for mayor, she represented Beaumont's Ward 4 in the city council for six years and served as the Mayor Pro Tem from 2016 to 2017. All this after a successful 32-year career as an AT&T sales executive.

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