Mayor reveals battle with brain cancer

QCS staff

Tucumcari Mayor Jim Witcher said Tuesday he is battling brain cancer.

Jim Witcher revealed the news of his health to 25 city residents and city commissioners, who had gathered at City Hall for a public hearing on redistricting.

“Before this meeting begins I want you all to know what is going on,” Witcher said. “I have terminal brain cancer, but the way I read the Bible we are all terminal.”

Witcher said he will be starting a 35-day treatment of radiation and chemotherapy in Amarillo.

“I am going to do my best to do my job,” Witcher said. “I am not going anywhere. I plan on running for re-election if you will elect me.”

Witcher said he knows that over the next few weeks he will feel tired and weak from the treatment. He said he feels he should be able to fulfill his duties.

“If I cannot do my job, I know the commission is fully capable of appointing someone if needed,” Witcher said. “Though, I plan to be around for a long time. If you want to get rid of me don’t re-elect me. I also do not want any sympathy votes.”