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Sulligent Mayors Race Heats Up

Posted by Paulo Salazar | August 23, 2012 / 05:41pm | Local News

SULLIGENT, AL (WCBI) - All eyes next week will be on the mayoral race in Sulligent Alabama. Four years ago that race ended in a run-off election with the incumbent taking the votes. On Tuesday voters will take to the polls once again as the two men square off.

Elections are right around the corner in Sulligent , Alabama and this years mayoral race is looking to be an interesting one. The two candidates running for mayor share a little history.

Mayor Scott Bowman says, "I expect things will be similar to what they were last time. The same people that are going to vote absentee ballots probably will again this election."

The last time Mayor Scott Bowman headed to the polls he was in a battle for his job with long time veteran District One City Councilman Robert Turner. The election centered around absentee ballots and took over a year in the courts to settle. In the end Bowman took the votes. But for both men, their interest this election lies in the future of the community no matter who wins office.

Challenger Robert Turner says, "I if elected intend to go out and search and look for jobs to bring back to the city to give people an opportunity to go to work."

According to Bowman, "In any small cities like Sulligent the resources to be able to attract and get big industries here is a day to day issue."

Among voters it's a major issue. Sulligent is competing with cities much larger to try and recruit big industry to the area. Although resources are slim, the city is working with other communities and region to attract business. For challenger Robert Turner he wants to restructure the cities debt to reduce the tax burden for citizens. Both men are well liked in the community and many feel it will be a close race.

Bowman says, "The last eight years we've worked to improve Sulligent on a multitude of levels, financially, building infrastructure from the standpoint of paving streets and extended sewers. We've upgraded our waste water treatment facility."

Turner says, "I plan to give a portion of my salary to the senior citizens of this city who might need monies to do co-pay of just might need money for those who are not able to buy their medication."

No matter what side you're rooting for. The mayoral race in Sulligent is proving to be one to watch for.

Thursday is the last day absentee ballots will be accepted. Tuesday polls will be open from 7:00a.m. to 7:00p.m.

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