Jobs seen as top issue for election

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Early voting continues at election headquarters

As Lewisburg voters continue to vote early in their May 1st city council election, the local economy was clearly the chief issue as mentioned by at least half the candidates running in the Wards 1 and 5 races.

While candidates hardly borrowed a national buzz phrase from an election more than a decade ago -- It's the economy stupid -- the loss of jobs a couple of years ago because a factory closed here still seems to reverberate among residents.

It's important to attract more industry to town so there are more and better jobs for hard working people who want a good chance to support their families. That's the recurring theme mentioned by candidates who say they want to improve the local economy.

Eight candidates were interviewed by the Marshall County Tribune in recent days. A few standard questions were posed and candidate responses appear inside today's paper.

Here's the lineup in the two races:

* In Ward 1, Quinn Brandon is challenging Councilman Willie J. Mitchell.

* The Ward 2 race has no incumbent. The candidates are Robert "Pepper" Biggers, Joseph (Joe) Bradford, Beth A. Leftwich, Robin Minor, Roy Rowe and Roy White.

Election Day is now less than two weeks away, but early voting continues through 4 p.m. on April 26. It's conducted at the Marshall County Election Commission office in Suite 120 of the Hardison Annex at 230 College St.

The city council election will result in at least one new member of the council since there's no incumbent running in Ward 5. The other race is in Ward 1.

Only registered voters living in those wards are eligible to vote.

Ward 1 is east of the public square, includes Hickory Heights and the pencil factory, areas facing Nashville Highway from the city limits to the Square and areas near the Post Office. It has blue-collar neighborhoods, homes on the golf course and poor neighborhoods.

Ward 5 is generally between New Columbia Highway and Mooresville Highway in the western part of Lewisburg. The ward is west of the railroad tracks and north of West Commerce Street, past the Fred's store.

Candidates said their voters are working people who want a chance for a better life.