ROY -- Mayor Joe Ritchie will seek a third term as the city's elected leader.
"We have a good city council, and we do good things," Ritchie told the city council when he announced his candidacy.
"You just don't see the negative things in the paper or on TV with other cities in our area," Ritchie said regarding Roy.
Other council members agreed.
"We have mutual respect for each other and our residents. It's not complicated," City Councilman John Cordova said. Both he and Ritchie noted that not everyone always gets along or sees eye to eye on every issue, but that city leaders are committed to working things out in a civil manner.
"I hope everyone that is on the council now stays on the council," Ritchie said in a phone interview. He said he is excited with the way things are moving in the city and wants to stick around to see to conclusion many of the projects now under way.
"They are an intelligent group, and I'd like us to able to continue to work together on things," he said.
A new elementary school to be built in the city's business park, work on Riverdale Road and 1900 West and the possibility of a new library are a few of the projects Ritchie listed that he and many others in the city have worked on.
Ritchie also has worked with the council and city administration to make changes and improvements to 1900 West, which he feels is coming along nicely.
"People think these things happen overnight, but the truth is we have been working on them for quite some time," he said.
He feels optimistic about some Redevelopment Agency deals that are finally moving forward on 5600 South and 1900 West and some other developments that are coming along.
There are also some changes coming to code enforcement that will help in beautifying the city as well, another issue that has been a hot one for Ritchie and the council.
Ritchie hasn't heard of anyone else who is running at this point, and no one else has publicly announced their candidacy.
Where required, municipal primary elections will be held on Aug. 13.