The city of Springfield is still nearly two years away from a mayoral election. But half-way through a term he had said would be his last, Mike Houston is now hinting at the possibility of re-election.
Mayor Houston says he's not made any decisions about his political future at this time, but he says they may come in sring 2014.
Houston says his decision-making will be likely affected by long-term challenges facing the city, such as road and sewer improvements, consolidation of train traffic and a search for a source of water to supplement Lake Springfield:
"...Those are some major things that will, in fact, impact the city of Springfield for decades to come - and those are the things I'll be thinking about as we move forward... What I'm indicating is I'll make a decision probably sometime next spring."
Houston was elected in 2011. He previously served as mayor from 1979 to 1987.