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Finances, transparency priorities for Stockbridge mayoral candidates
by Christine Fonville
October 04, 2013 09:02 PM | 1396 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Stockbridge mayoral candidates Mark Alarcon, Vanessa Holiday, Houston Nelson III and Tim Thompson want to share their goals and priorities for voters before early Oct. 14 ballots are cast.

Incumbent Alarcon, 50, said he feels he is the best candidate because of his leadership skills.

“I have four years of proven experience in the city’s government as a finance chairman and mayor,” he said.

If re-elected, Alarcon said public safety and economic development are his main priorities.

“I will continue with projects to enhance our city like establishing the Stockbridge City Center which will provide a partnership between Stockbridge and the new Academy Theatre,” he said.

Alarcon is the owner of Champion Metal Inc.; he and wife Kalynn have seven children.

Former city clerk Holiday, 50, an accountant, said her experience and commitment make her the best candidate.

“I have a proven record with the city that includes the management of finances and I understand the daily operations of the city’s government,” she said.

If elected, Holiday’s priorities include area beautification and more citizen involvement with the city’s government.

“It’s time to restore transparency and return the voice to the citizens to give them an opportunity to be heard,” she said.

Holiday and husband Clifford have four children.

Nelson, 43, said his business background and community involvement will help him face the city’s challenges.

“Being the president of a homeowners association in Stockbridge got me involved in creating budgets and representing the needs of my community, which will transition into the job of mayor,” he said.

If elected, Nelson’s priorities include city code reforms and downtown redevelopment.

“We need to make our city more business friendly and encourage more arts, culture and dining choices,” he said.

Nelson is the general manager of Molly Maid of Henry County and is married to E.Q. Thunderbird.

Thompson, 45, said the city needs a change of direction and leadership style.

“Leadership is prioritizing what is important, like bringing people together with proper planning and communication,” he said.

Thompson said if elected, his priorities would be to focus on financial stability and seeking more public input.

“I want to consider residents’ opinions about issues like the proposed Stockbridge Police Department and have them be a part of the review process,” he said.

Thompson is the president of Lincoln Insurance Co and is married to wife Dawn.

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