Five men are in the running for the four City Commissioner positions in the April 2 election. Andy Brock is giving up his seat in a bid for mayor, while current Commissionor Josh Downs decided to not seek re-election. The two other current Commissioners, Bob Stroud and David Jordan are seeking re-election along with newcomers Tyler Howell, Donovan Baldwin, and Chris James. We sent all five candidates a questionaire, with Howell and Jordan responding.
Water issues within the city remain a major issue in this campaign. “We have to be able to supply clean useable water to our citizens” said Howell. “We need to have a plan in place to fix these issues that is transparent and available for every citizen to see.”
Jordan also noted water issues, noting “we need to replace old infrastructure facilities. We have waterlines that need to be replaced due to age, the water tower is in need of repairs, another water storage tank is needed at the interstate development area” while also noting “We need to keep a balanced budget in order to maintain needed services like police protection and utility programs.”
Both men also pledged to be openminded in their approach to problems arising within the community.
“I have always had an open door policy as a school administrator and commissioner.” said Jordan “I am willing to meet with any city resident, employee, fellow commissioner, or city vendor to discuss ongoing issues. I firmly believe it is easrier to communicate with each other to avoid a major problem in the future.”
Howell also was clear in his response. “If I am privileged enough to be elected, I will approach problems once in office with the best interest of the City of Grayville and its residents in mind. I will approach each situation with an open mind and be fair and consistent with my decision making.”