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Municipal election guide for Thorsby

Published 10:12pm Friday, August 24, 2012

District 1

Neil Benson (i) (unopposed)

•Age: 52

•Family: Judy Benson, spouse, 31 years; Jessica (Cody) Ellison, 24, Thorsby; Ashley Benson, 28, Homewood.

•Education: Thorsby High School and 16 years on Thorsby Town Council.

•Personal message: My goal is to continue to support Thorsby, the mayor and council in every way possible to help keep our town a great place to live and visit.

District 2

Jean Nelson (i) (u)

District 3

Willis Britt (i)

•Age: 74

•Family: Mae Britt, wife; sons, Michael, Steven and Libby, all graduates of Thorsby High School; four grandchildren.

•Education: Engineering, retired district engineer with Alabama Department of Transportation for 17 1/2 years.

•Personal message: Will continue to work for improvements for our schools, parks and infrastructure. Try to help bring new business to our town. Serve as liaison to the mayor over our street department.

Robert Stanley Bland

•Campaign website: Facebook Robert Bland for Thorsby Town Council

•Age: 34

•Family: Jennifer Gay Bland, wife; four children, Nathan, Rebecca, Reagan and Isabel.

•Education: Graduate of United States Army’s Academy of Health and Science Ft. Sam Houston, Texas; Jefferson County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Academy; currently enrolled at Wallace Community College Selma in the field of Criminal Justice.

•Personal message: I am seeking your support and vote to elect me into the Thorsby Town Council seat 3. As an elected official, I believe in engaging the citizenry in an ongoing dialogue. By communicating effectively, we can work together to maintain a government that is responsive to the needs and desires of the people. If elected, I will work hard to encourage businesses of all sizes to locate in our town along with taking care of the existing infrastructure. I support our police and fire personnel and will make sure that they have the equipment needed to keep us safe. I will work to build a stronger communication between our residents and city government. I also feel that it is very important to keep our town’s heritage going for future generations. If elected, I look forward to working for you as a representative of the town council to build a better tomorrow.

Randall Higgins

Michael Patterson

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