Three Seek Quitman Post

By: Renee' LaSalle
By: Renee' LaSalle

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Voters in Quitman will have a choice between three men in their mayor's race June 7.

Incumbent Democrat Mayor Tommy Blackburn is seeking his third term in office. He's a Quitman native who has been in public office for over 25 years.

Blackburn says he and the city aldermen are working to market Quitman and Clarke County to business and industry.

"We keep a clean town; it's safe. It's a wonderful place to raise your family. Low taxes and we just make it comfortable for anybody who'd like to move here," Blackburn said.

Republican challenger Bernie Smith spent 23 years in the Navy. He's a retired senior chief who also taught management training for the military.

"I feel we need a mayor that will get out and attract some industry and get some industry in here, get some jobs in here, which is one of our major concerns right now," said Smith. "I thought I could do the job, so I got in and got involved."

Independent candidate Bill Clark is a retired businessman with 37 years of experience in marketing and management. He says jobs are number one on his campaign platform and he plans to have an open-door style of strong, positive leadership.

"I feel that most of the citizens don't really feel comfortable visiting the city hall, and after all, the city hall belongs to the people of Quitman," said Clark. "And I'd invite them to come down. The coffee pot would be on at all times and I would welcome their input, suggestions, because it's going to take all of us to make things happen."

Quitman's municipal elections will be held at the city fire house. Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.


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