Union Springs voters are heading to the polls next Tuesday for the city's mayoral run-off election. The choice is between incumbent John McGowan and current city council member Saint T. Thomas, Junior.
Both John McGowan and Saint Thomas say bringing jobs to Union Springs is a top priority. However, they have different ideas about what the town needs to do to attract more industry.
Incumbent Mayor John McGowan says he's proud of his record in Union Springs. Since his election four years ago, the town has added a recreation program and repaired the sidewalks downtown. Still he says, there's more work to do.
"Jobs are really important, especially our community," he said. One way to attract new industry, he says? Playing up the city's historic heritage. "Union Springs is an old city. Anyone would be proud to be mayor of such a historic city, and that's what we have. We have to build off that," he said.
His challenger, Saint T. Thomas, Jr. is a lifelong resident and longtime educator in Bullock County. He says he wants to revitalize the town. "One of my objectives is to bring jobs to this town, and what we're gonna be getting done is networking with all of the industries that we can bring to this city," he said. He says open communication is key to that, and says he plans to hold town council meetings throughout the city, if elected.
People in Union Springs say the economy is the most vital issue this year."What's important to me here in Bullock County is to see more jobs, more industries, here, for more employment, first of all," said Tracy Owens, who lives in Union Springs.
The election is set for next Tuesday. Polls will be open from 7 A.M. to 7 P.M.