Brundidge runoff candidates speak out

Published 11:51 pm Friday, October 2, 2020

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The Brundidge 2020 Municipal Run-off Election is set for Tuesday, October 6 at Brundidge Station. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and IDs are required to vote.

Masks are not required but encouraged. Social distancing is required.

Linda Faust, Brundidge City Clerk, said the runoff will decided the council member seats from District 1 and District 2.

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“In District 1 incumbent Council Member Betty Baxter is facing Douglas Holland,” Faust said. “In District 2, incumbent Alexandria Griffin is facing Latisher Hall.”

Faust said the results of the runoff election will be posted at Brundidge Station as soon as available.

Betty Baxter is seeking a third term on the Brundidge City Council as the councilmember from District 1.  She wants to continue to be a part of the city’s future, which she said can be bright and prosperous.

“Brundidge is a small city but it’s a great city,” Baxter said. “Being small is a good thing because, for the most part, our problems are small and we can find ways to overcome them.

“These are difficult times for all of us but, Brundidge is a lovable city and we all get along because we care about each other and we will make it through.”

Baxter said she is proud of the forward strides Brundidge has made during her tenure on the city council.

“We have industry that many towns our size don’t have and that means jobs for our people,” she said. “We have good leadership and a good staff at city hall. I have enjoyed a good working relationship with all of them and I appreciate our city workers and the dedication of our police department. They are dependable and hard-working. We have volunteer organizations that make our city a better place.”

Baxter said being a member of the Brundidge City Council for two terms has given her great insight into the workings of the city and created positive relationships with those who keep it moving forward.

“I think that matters a lot,” she said. “That’s why, I am asking for a third term.”

Douglas Holland is a newcomer to city politics and he views his hometown as a close-knit community where everyone knows everyone.

He said that togetherness is the community’s strength and he also knows that the inability of the townspeople to stay focused on city growth and development is its weakness. 

Holland said his goal as a city council member will be to work with all the people in District 1 and across the city to build on the city’s strength and overcome its primary weakness.

“I will work to bring our citizens together for the common goal of the city and put any personal issues aside,” he said.

Holland said it is his belief that sound business practices should be applied to the government’s decision-making process.

“An open line of communication between our citizens and their elected officials is crucial to good government and to reflect the needs of the people.”

Holland said neighborhood revitalization and economic development are concerns for District 1.

“I will work to enhance the quality of life in District 1 and the city by restoring housing and encouraging small business development, which will help to increase sales tax revenue, provide jobs and promote spending in Brundidge,” he said.

“I would like to serve District 1 as its council member and I will definitely speak up on behalf of the citizens of District 1.”

Alexandria Griffin is the incumbent Brundidge City Council member for District 2. Griffin was appointed to fill the unexpired term of her dad, Arthur Lee Griffin, who died unexpectedly in October 2019.

Griffin said she has learned a lot while serving as the junior member of the city council and is looking forward to continuing to serve the residents in her district and throughout the city.

“Being a council member from your district is your main concern but the council works together in the interest of all our citizens,” she said.

Griffin said an area of special interest to her is providing job opportunities for Brundidge citizens.

“We are fortunate that we have industries that provide large numbers of jobs but we need businesses that offer opportunities for other type jobs,” she said. “We need jobs here so that our young people don’t have to leave home to find jobs. We also need jobs for men and women of all ages and of different skill levels.”

Griffin said she has special interest in the council working toward giving Brundidge a facelift.

“Our downtown needs some improving” she said. “We need to make it more attractive for visitors and for our residents. And, we need to bring businesses to town that serve the needs of our citizens. Those are just some of the things that I would like to see happen in Brundidge.”

Latisher Hall is a candidate for the District 2 council seat. She is a newcomer to city politics but she is not new in her concern for her community nor in her desire to make Brundidge all that it can be.

“I love Brundidge and I want it to be an alive city with an active downtown and people who are involved in community organizations and activities,” Hall said. “I want to see Brundidge thrive and I want to be a part of its continued growth.”

Hall said change is constant and, for Brundidge to attractive to new business and industry and for the population to increase, the change has to be positive.

“We have the people and the resources for positive change,” she said. “And, I believe that our people are willing to do whatever is necessary to bring about positive change in our districts and in our city.”

Hall said she foresees a coming together of the townspeople to bring about positive change.

“If we are willing to listen to what others have to say and listen with open minds, then we will be a community of caring citizens who bring about positive change,” she said.

Hall said she has a “can do” attitude and wants to be a voice for her district.

“I love Brundidge and I will work hard to keep Brundidge moving forward,” she said “I don’t know of a better city to serve.”