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Municipal election guide for Jemison

Published 10:30pm Friday, August 24, 2012

Editor’s note: To help voters make informed decisions in local municipal elections on Aug. 28, The Clanton Advertiser collected biographical information and personal messages from those running for office in the four Chilton County municipalities. Each Jemison candidate is listed below. Voting is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at city and town halls. Runoff elections would be held Tuesday, Oct. 9, if necessary. Those elected will take office on Monday, Nov. 5.

Mayor

Eddie Reed (incumbent)

•Age: 67

•Family: Clarissia Reed, wife of 35 years

•Education: Bachelor of Science, Master’s of Education Degree

•Personal message: First, I want to thank God for allowing me to be a public servant since 1976. It has truly blessed my life. From 1976–present, I have served six terms on the Jemison City Council, two terms on the Board of Education, and am currently serving my second term as mayor. My future goal for the city is to continue the progress to provide better service to our citizens. I will work to seek every grant opportunity for our city park, streets, water and sewer.

Faye Porter King

•Age: 63

•Family: John King, husband; Kim Nelson Smith, Kerri Tillery, Johnny King; four grandchildren.

•Education: Graduate of JHS, Associate of Science Degree, Basic EMT.

•Personal message: As mayor, I wish to be a public servant to every citizen of Jemison and not a selected few. To be a leader for Jemison, not a follower. All council members included in council meetings at the meeting and not before. To grant citizens the right to speak when needed. To facilitate a budget for the city. This budget would include balance reduction of city hall, which has approximately $1.4 million still outstanding of which no grants were renewed for the city hall. Work toward eating establishments and other businesses at Interstate 65 219 exit, as well as other locations in Jemison. To be fair and honest to all citizens.

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  • SallyV77

    I have seen many positive benefits of having Eddie Reed as mayor. We have a city hall we can be proud of and many other improvements such as the park, streets and sidewalks. The garbage dept went from operating in the red to making a profit. Thank you, Mr. Reed, for all you have done for the city of Jemison. For all you who love to spread lies, shame on you.

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  • rodneyposey

    As a resident Jemison, I find it great that Jemison has been turned 180 degrees from where it was. The city is cleaner, grass is cut throughout the city (for the most part), a new gorgeous city hall, lights on the interstate, and many more things. I find it disheartening that a canidate would run on nothing but negatives. Mrs. King has worked hard during this campaign, she even visited my house, and I talked to her. I think she is a nice woman at heart, but to just blast the current administration for her own gain, especially if you look from where Jemison came from, that’s disheartening. Mayor Reed is not a perfect man, but neither is anybody. I would have much rather heard what Mrs. King could do for the town vs. how she thinks how bad things are. Good luck to both candidates.

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