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Council candidates speak

By By Adam Prestridge
All city council hopefuls also attended the forum Monday afternoon hosted by the Progressive Civic &Recreational Club speaking on various subjects ranging from road paving projects to cleaning ditches and declining businesses in the north side of town and closure of other businesses.
For city council District 1 incumbent Webb Nall and challenger Anthony Williams were on hand and spoke on various issues. Nall expressed how “proud” he is to be apart of the current administration and Williams pointed out numerous flaws in the district including sidewalks and ditches.
Incumbent Eldred Pritchett, who is opposed by Thomas McNeal for the city council District 2 seat, pointed out his experience dating back to the 70s on numerous occasions, while McNeal was set on a “change” needing to be made.
Newcomers Sam Holley and Christopher Walker, who are vying for the position of city council District 3, both spoke on the differences of the city now than 20 years ago. Both expressed that they would offer new ideas.
Current District 4 council member John Garrard and District 5 council member Jim Staff will both run unopposed.
Municipal elections will be held Aug. 26. Candidates are permitted to appoint a poll watcher that will watch voting procedures in polling locations. The appointment of the watcher must be made in writing, signed by the candidate and turned in with election officials at the polling location.
If it is necessary, a runoff will be held on Oct. 7.
Candidates who win the election will take office on Nov. 3.