Clanton mayor qualifies to seek re-election

Published 7:05 pm Saturday, July 19, 2008

Billy Joe Driver has qualified to seek re-election to the office of mayor for the City of Clanton.

Announcing he was seeking another term, Mayor Driver said many new projects are underway that will improve

Clanton and make it a better place to live.

“There are several major projects getting underway,” Driver said. “I hope the voters of Clanton will let me continue to work to make them a reality.”

He said plans include doubling the size of the current water plant, the construction of a civic center and the opening of the Jefferson State Community College as three projects in the near future for the city.

Driver was elected to the Clanton City Council in 1972 and left that post when he was elected mayor in 1984.

Although the office of mayor of Clanton is a part-time position, Mayor Driver said he has served full time since he was elected mayor. “I have been available 24 hours a day, seven days a week since becoming mayor,” Driver said, adding, “I have missed only three council meetings since 1972.

Mayor Driver said he appreciated the support of the residents of Clanton who have given him the opportunity to serve them. He said he considers the wise and efficient use of city funds as one of the most important duties of a mayor.

“The city’s money belongs to the people of Clanton,” he said. “I work hard to make sure it is spent in a way all of our citizens benefit.”

During Driver’s tenure the city has built two new fire stations, moved the police department into larger and more efficient headquarters, built a new modern city hall, improved the city’s water and sanitation departments, built new park facilities and has maintained a strong financial condition.

Driver has worked to bring new jobs to Clanton including the two automobile parts plants, KMA and CRH, and Merchants Company, a distribution company, as well as many other governmental and retail jobs. “Clanton continues to grow, and I want to continue to work with you and the city council to keep Clanton growing the next four years,” Driver said.

Mayor Driver, a former president of the Alabama League of Municipalities who has and does serve on state and national municipal organizations, has earned friendships and respect from civic and government leaders throughout the state.

“I love Clanton and appreciate you giving me the opportunity to serve you. I hope you will allow us to continue to work together over the next four years to continue the growth of our economy as well as services the city provides to you, Mayor Driver said, adding “I appreciate your support and hope you will help me keep Clanton moving forward by voting for me on August 26th.”