Local businesswoman Brenda Gunter to announce bid for mayor’s seat Wednesday

Brenda Gunter, local businesswoman, will announce at a press conference Wednesday that she intends to run for the San Angelo Mayor’s seat in May.

According to a press release, Gunter will outline her reasons for seeking the mayor’s seat at the press conference. In a phone call Tuesday morning, Gunter said she will answer any questions on Wednesday.

“Small businesses drive San Angelo’s economy, my focus will be creating a game plan to help them succeed,” Gunter said in the release.

She was born in Winona, Kansas, and attended Kansas State University before working her way from executive training at Sanger-Harris in Dallas to vice presidencies at Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s in New York City. She was eventually named president of the Calvin Klein collection in New York.

Gunter married prominent San Angelo businessman Ken Gunter in the 90s and moved to San Angelo. She is the owner and operator of Miss Hattie’s and has served in civic organizations for the last 20 years.

Gunter has been instrumental in the revitalization of downtown San Angelo and the creation of the tax increment reinvestment zone program to help local businesses.

She was named 2009 Citizen of the Year for San Angelo; served as the 2010 United Way campaign chair; was named as one of the Girl Scout’s Women of Distinction; and as the winner of the San Angelo Standard-Times Jefferson Award.