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Hampton mayoral candidates set different priorities
by Christine Fonville
October 22, 2013 05:55 PM | 2345 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Steve Hutchison
Steve Hutchison
Chris Moore
Chris Moore
Early voting began last week for Hampton residents and the two candidates running for mayor, Steve Hutchison and Chris Moore, both stressed experience, community involvement and citizen input.

Hutchison, 61, said his experience on the city council gives him the experience needed to perform the duties of mayor.

“I first started working on the city council in 2008 and served five years before resigning my seat to run for mayor,” he said.

Hutchison said his leadership abilities and willingness to serve others is reflected through his previous experiences in the military.

“I served in the U.S. Air Force for 27 years and retired as a master sergeant,” he said. Hutchison said if elected, he has the following priorities for the city:

- More citizen and council interaction: “I want to stay connected with citizens so that I can be a voice for them and make them aware of the important issues involving the council.”

- An “open-door” policy: “Citizen input is very important and I want people to feel free to visit my office and voice concerns or opinions.”

- Representing the city: “I will be the best representation of Hampton on the local, county and state levels.”

- A balanced budget: “I want to make sure the city carries on with a balanced budget and we continue recording the use of citizen money properly.”

- County interest: “I want Henry County to have a continued involvement in our needs, so I will attend county meetings and help with the decision-making process where Hampton is concerned.”

Hutchison is a detention officer for the county sheriff’s department.

He and his wife, Linda, are natives of Henry County and have lived in Hampton for 10 years.

Incumbent Moore, 42, said his experience serving and accommodating people who live, shop and work in Hampton makes him the best candidate.

“There are many people that live outside of our city limits but have businesses and jobs in Hampton, so I look for ways to consider their needs and concerns too,” he said.

Moore said his dedication is proven through his hard work within the city.

“My days are long because I take the time to listen and I believe I am to represent the needs of everyone, not pursue the agenda of a few,” he said. If reelected, Moore said he has the following priorities for the city:

- Serving the people: “I want to help walk citizens through their experiences with local government and make sure they are receiving the assistance they need.”

- County organization: “I will continue with a safety project I started seven months ago to ensure every mailbox has a number to decrease EMS response call times.”

- Safety warnings: “Only 25 percent of the city is covered by early warning weather sirens and I want to make sure the rest of the area is covered and protected.”

- Lowering unemployment: “I want to focus on creating a business-friendly environment that will bring more jobs to our area and create opportunities for job training.”

- Encouraging events: “I will push for excellence and growth of festivals and parades.”

Moore owns a sign shop and art studio, Mooreart Studios.

He and wife Shelley have four sons.


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