Brundidge officials to seek re-election

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, May 30, 2012

With political signs already going up and qualifying for the municipal elections still a month away, there’s plenty of chatter about which elected officials will be seeking re-election.

In Brundidge, District 1 Councilman Lawrence Bowden said he’d like to continue serving the city.

“There are a lot of clichés about service, but I really like being able to be involved in governing the city of Brundidge,” Bowden said. “I enjoy the contact with people and working toward the betterment of our area.”

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Bowden is completing his eighth year as a council member and said if he’s re-elected he’d like to see Brundidge remain progressive through infrastructure and quality of life improvements.

“We have a lot of vacant buildings in Brundidge,” Bowden said, adding that he hopes to attract new small retail businesses to those locations.

District 2 Councilman Arthur Griffin said he’s undecided whether or not he’ll run for re-election and Vernon Jackson in District 3 won’t be seeing another term.

District 4 Councilwoman Cynthia Pearson hopes to garner enough votes in the upcoming municipal election that she can remain in office and work toward adding and improving recreational facilities and programs.

“And jobs,” Pearson said. “We always need to look at creating new jobs.”

Pearson said she’s happy with the work the council is doing and would love to continue to serve her district.

“I am proud of everything that we’ve done,” Pearson said. “I’m proud of the industry that we have brought into the city of Brundidge.”

Mayor Jimmy Ramage also hopes to continue his time as the city’s leader. He’s been in the position since 1986 and was a city commissioner before that.

He said Brundidge officials are working with an industrial prospect right now, and he hopes to see that project through to the end. Ramage said he’d also like to continue to make improvements to the city such as the new library and strengthen projects such as a partnership with the Pike County Board of Education and East Central Mental Health.

“Our after school and summer camp program is something that is unusual for a town our size,” Ramage said. “I’d like to see that continue and grow.”

A call to District 5 Councilman Steven Coleman was unreturned by deadline on Wednesday.

Municipal elections in Troy, Brundidge and Goshen will take place on Aug. 28. Qualifying for candidates will begin on July 3 and will end at 5 p.m. on July 17.