Ryan Marrs running for Abilene City Council seat

Ryan Marrs officially ends his campaign for Abilene City Council, Place 5 on April 12, 2016. He was removed from the ballot three days earlier after the city was tipped off about an error on his ballot application.

ABILENE, Texas - Ryan Marrs, the owner of Belle's Chicken Dinner House, is running for Abilene City Council again, one year after being kicked off the ballot.

Marrs filed paperwork Tuesday to run for the Place 3 seat. He will face Donna Albus in the election on May 6.

Last Spring, Marrs filed to run against City Councilman Kyle McAlister, but he was removed from the ballot April 12 after the city was notified Marrs did not list how long he had lived in Abilene.

At the time, Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna said city employees check to make sure applications are filled out completely, but they missed this one.

"The applicant does have the final responsibility, but I'm not going to put this on Mr. Marrs' shoulder," Hanna said. "He failed. So did the city. We failed too."

Hanna said a private citizen, not connected to any campaign, tipped off the city. But he would not say who. So, KTXS filed an open records request to find out.

As KTXS reported last April, the tipster turned out to not only be connected to a campaign, but was McAlister's biggest campaign donor.

When Marrs officially ended his campaign April 15, he told KTXS that he would run in May 2017. This time, he said he would make sure to till out the ballot application correctly.

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