By CHERIL VERNON
Palestine community leader Timothy Triplett officially announced his plan to file for mayor this week, and said he hoped to lead the city into its “true prosperity.”
The City of Palestine’s filing period starts next week and ends in March. The election will be held in May.
“Palestine is a city with a rich history and a promising future, but that future also comes with challenges. Palestine does not need to lose any of the things that we hold dear. ‘Progress, for progress’ sake’ is not progress at all. Rather we need a true prosperity that protects the good aspects of Palestine — such as its friendly nature, its natural beauty and charm, and its outstanding historic neighborhoods — while providing an environment in which its citizens can enjoy greater financial security and a better and more enjoyable quality of life,” Triplett said. “If the voters of Palestine agree with my vision for our city, as mayor, I will do my best to lead us into that true prosperity.”
Triplett, 61, owner of Coherent Technologies, originally moved to Palestine with his family in 1956.
“As a young boy growing up in Palestine, I developed a love for my hometown that stayed with me as I traveled the world for 30 years, living overseas in Pembrokeshire, Wales and in Houston and Los Angeles. In fact, my travels gave me a better perspective and appreciation for my hometown and all it had to offer,” Triplett said.
When his mother needed someone living close by to allow her to safely stay in her home where she and his father, had raised their family, Triplett returned to his hometown and relocated his engineering company to Palestine.
“Upon my return, I found my love for Palestine strengthen even more. I have been welcomed back by old friends, some of whom were my classmates from the first grade all the way through my studies as an electrical engineer at Texas A&M, and I have made many new friends whom I enjoy and respect. I now live next door to the house I grew up in, not far from Reagan Park,” Triplett said.
Since returning to Palestine, he has served on the Palestine Economic Development Corp Board of Directors and was the first president for the organization he helped start, the Palestine High School Alumni Association. He also has served on the Palestine Community Theatre board of directors, and has helped organize the community Christmas caroling event the last few years at the Texas Theater with his wife, Elaine.
The decision to run for mayor didn’t come easily for Triplett.
“I prayed a lot about it. I didn’t want to make the decision but I felt God leading me, saying ‘I really want you to do this, I will equip you to do this,’” Triplett explained. “Now that I have, it feels comfortable, I feel well equipped and feel I could be an asset to the community.”
While in year’s past, his work with his company has required him to travel, he now is able to work from Palestine.
“In the past I did a lot of traveling, but since last summer all of our travel is done. Our work shifted and we now work remotely, enabling me to stay in Palestine,” Triplett said. “I’ve been able to rejoin Rotary. I’ve been consistently in Palestine for the last six months.”
The Tripletts have one grown son, Donovan, 42, who lives in Katy with his wife, Misty, and son, Kenyon.
Current Palestine Mayor Bob Herrington announced last week that he will not seek a third term as mayor.