Porter announces reelection bid for Clanton City Council

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Ronnie Porter qualified yesterday to seek reelection to Clanton’s City Council.

The incumbent councilman for Ward 1, Porter has served the past four years on the council’s sanitation and police department committees.

“I have worked hard to learn how the city operates to become a more effective council member,” Porter said shortly after qualifying Tuesday. “I want to use this knowledge going forward to help improve the lives of not only the people of Ward 1 but everyone in Clanton.”

A native of Clanton, Porter is married the former, Mary Sue Mims, of Clanton and is the father of two boys, Jason and Justin. He is a graduate of Chilton County High School (1973) and a 1977 graduate of the University of Montevallo where he earned a degree in Business Administration/Accounting.

He has been employed with Alabama Power Company for 31 years and currently is an APC accounting manager.

“My experience the past three decades working in financial departments of Alabama Power has helped me understand the importance of using the city’s money wisely and efficiently,” Porter said.

Porter said he is proud of the progress that has been made the past four years in Clanton. “We have made a lot of progress and we have a lot of projects going on now that will continue this progress in the years to come,” he said.

He list the recruitment of Jefferson State Community College’s campus to Clanton as progress that will continue to give back to Clanton decades to come. “We worked hard with the Clanton Industrial Development Board and others to bring the Jefferson State campus to Clanton. It will provide quality educational opportunities for people of all ages here,” he said.

The city’s continuing assistance to the YMCA has enabled the organization to continue providing services to residents. “I was glad the city was in a financial condition to purchase the Y’s property that allowed the organization to continue to serve here,” he said.

Porter said he was proud that the City of Clanton works hard every day to upgrade the basic services that helps improve the lives of Clanton residents. “We work with all department heads to provide what is needed to improve our sanitation, streets, parks and recreation departments as well as police and fire departments. It is a council member’s job to work to improve these services and I take this obligation seriously,” he said.

“I will appreciate your vote and support in the August 26 Municipal election,’ he added.