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October 4, 2013

City candidates attend Patriots forum



“If citizens are really going to have a voice and get the services they need, we must make sure our elected officials and employees don't pander to any special interest,” Beer said. “In order to pay for the services our citizens need we have to make sure we do everything we can do to not only attract new businesses and industries but also support our existing business.”

Beer said small business keeps the community going. 

She described actions by city and county elected officials and upper level personal over the last few years as “dysfunctional.”

“Whether we continue as separate city and county governments or whether the people vote to consolidate, our elected officials need to put the citizens first, dump all their old baggage and work together for the people,” Beer said.

The District 5 hopeful is willing to take “unpopular stances” for what she believes in.

• District 6 Andrew Strickland (Challenger):

The challenger works as a paramedic in Newton County. 

“This is an extension of my public service,” Strickland said.

He described reforming a supply chain budget through his medical duty.

Strickland said the budget went from $20,000 over to $20,000 under budget in one year.

“I've heard a lot about we don't have money. I've also heard some say we do,” Strickland said. “It's a big mystery how much the city has.”

Instead of using the city sewer and water fund as a budget balancer, he suggested better use of dollars allowing those water funds to do business reform and residence business plans.

Strickland said businesses are burdened by city regulations.

“Government is unable to bend in the wind on regulatory reform. There really has been no corrective action taken. This is something I'm passionate about,” he said.

• District 6 Steve Chambers (Incumbent):

Chambers boasts 13 years of Council experience dating back to 1988.

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