There won’t be much to think about when choosing who to vote for the Garner town council and mayor this November.
The four incumbents in Garner are running unopposed.
Only Mayor Ronnie Williams, and council members Jackie Johns, Buck Kennedy and Ken Marshburn entered bids for election in the candidate filing period over the past two weeks.
Kennedy said his campaign platform will remain the same, “Pride, Progress and Professional,” as it was four years go.
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“We have the potential to witness continuing growth and economic development over the next decade and beyond, a challenge that warrants sound planning for and the necessary investments in programs, services and infrastructure,” Kennedy said in a statement.
Kennedy is running for his fourth term. He was first elected to the town council in 2003.
“Being re-elected and serving an additional term would provide the opportunity to guide the remainder of the bond projects to completion and continue to engage in the necessary planning, financing and construction of additional infrastructure needed to support the coming residential as well as commercial and industrial growth,” he said.
Kennedy is a retired engineer, who served local governments throughout North Carolina in the planning, financing and construction of their infrastructure needs.
“Now retired and being able to use that experience right here in Garner is both fulfilling and enjoyable,” he said. “It would be a privilege to be of continued service to Garner.”
Mayor Pro-tem Ken Marshburn filed on Monday. He will be running for his third term as a council member. He was first elected in 2007.
“I’ve considered it a privilege to serve the people of Garner as a council member and look forward to continuing the good work initiated by the current council,” Marshburn said in a statement. “There will always be challenges to overcome and problems to solve but I am confident that Garner will continue to maintain a reputation as ‘a great place to be’ and an All-America City worthy of this designation.
“I’m committed to working with all who will join in the effort to continue the progressive governance that we desire and deserve,” he added.
Johns has served on the council longer than any other council member. He has served on the council for almost 32 years.
“I’m running for re-election because we have some good things on the table for the Town of Garner,” Johns said. “And within the last four years we have opened up Timber Drive and the business that has come to White Oak. The board has worked diligently together. We have a great board and we have some things we want to continue to improve Garner and have it be a great place to live.”
Williams filed for mayor on the first day the filing period opened on July 6 at 8:30 a.m. Williams has served as Mayor since 2005. He served on the board of alderman prior to that for 20 years.
“I am running for a fourth term because there is work to be completed using the funds that our citizens approved with the passage of the bond referendum,” Williams said in a statement.
Williams said he wants to be mayor when the town cuts the ribbons on the police station, town hall and indoor recreation center.
“More than anything, I want to help make decisions in the town that I grew up in,” he said. “Most people don’t have that opportunity and the Office of Mayor is a position in which I can serve with no plans of seeking a higher office. Serving with the current Council has been a great experience for me. They are committed to doing the best they can do to make Garner a better place and they make my job easy.”
Williams, a retired postal worker, said he will remain a full-time mayor as he promised. He said he believes Garner’s best days are ahead.
“The demands of the job require a great deal of time and I have the time,” Williams said.
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