Former interim mayor Vince Williams, 57, says his “strong record” serving two terms on the city council proves his commitment.
“I am seeking the office of mayor because the city needs energy, innovation and experience,” he said. “My experience on the council means I won’t have a learning curve and am ready to serve.”
Williams said his platform is economic development, public safety, employment and transportation.
“One issue I plan to advocate for is the transformative change and redevelopment of the Union Station Mall,” he said about an 86-acre shopping center, vacant since December 2010.
The Memphis, Tenn., native is an associate minister at Higher Living Christian Church’s Jonesboro and Hampton campuses.
He is married to Sharon and they have a daughter, Nia.
His opponent, Jarius McDaniel, 43, said his childhood influenced his community activism.
“My elders, like my grandparents, taught me how to be self-sufficient in spite of any circumstances,” he said.
McDaniel said growing up in the Carver Homes public housing project in Atlanta, which he called a “dangerous place,” inspired him to better his surroundings and encourage others to do the same.
“If I am elected, I will work on economic empowerment in our community as well as a strong education system and a government that works with business owners,” he said.
McDaniel said his platform includes forming “a community-wide homeowners association advisory committee to allow for unified goals and planning.”
He is a trainer for Nashville, Tenn.-based trucking company Western Express and is a father of three.
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