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Joyce goes it alone in funding

Joyce goes it alone in funding

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Former Bryan Mayor Lloyd Joyce will face two candidates who have never held elected office in the Single Member District 4 race for City Council.

Mayor Pro Tem Mark Conlee gave up the post when he announced his candidacy for mayor. Conlee will remain in the District 4 seat until the May 12 election. About one year remains in his term, officials said.

Also filing for the unexpired term were Texas A&M economist Flynn Adcock and Ann Horton, who owns RLH Custom Homes and manages rental property with her husband.

Joyce, 73, was elected to the Bryan City Council in 1971 and served a pair of two-year terms as mayor pro tem.

Until 1972, the Bryan mayor was elected by the City Council, but the city changed its charter and, in 1975, Joyce became the second mayor elected by the public. He was re-elected in 1977.

Joyce has owned Lloyd Joyce Agri Services, a feed and fertilizer company, for 35 years, and is a part-time auctioneer.

Joyce's neighborhood, a phase of the Upper Burton Creek subdivision, was the first to file a petition with the city last year to lower the number of unrelated adults allowed to share a home from four to two.

An ordinance allowing neighborhoods to petition for the new zoning district was approved by the Bryan City Council in April, after Joyce and other residents lobbied the City Council for several months.

Joyce said he would not accept contributions during his campaign for the District 4 seat.

"One of the things that worries me about running for City Council is it takes too much to run these days," he said. "I am a completely independent candidate, and there's not going to be any question about whether I'm being run by anybody because I'm going to pay for my campaign.

"I'm not trying to be a crusader, but I'm trying to return some sanity to politicking."

He has not accepted any contributions and, as of late last week, was paying all expenses related to the campaign.

• April Avison's e-mail address is april.avison@theeagle.com.

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