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May 8, 2013

Q&A: Springtown City Council mayoral race

Here is the last in our series introducing candidates in locally contested city council and school board races ahead of Saturday’s elections. This final Q&A involves the candidates for Springtown mayor – incumbent Doug Hughes and his challenger, Tom Clayton. Each candidate was asked to provide some personal information then asked several questions.

Name: Tom W. Clayton, M.P.A.

Age: 51

Occupation: public administration /managing cities

Family: Yes

How long resided in city:14 years

Community involvement:14 years; Mayor’s Sign Committee, Springtown Impact Fee Advisory Board, Springtown Farmers’ Market Board, three years on the Springtown Planning and Zoning Commission, Springtown City Councilman for six years and mayor pro tem 2007-08.

Why are you running for office?

I am running for mayor because many citizens have expressed to the city while I served as a councilman we needed and expected new commercial development and more retail shopping choices to generate new revenue for the city and school district to protect and enhance our property values, providing new jobs for locals and new family entertainment in Springtown. After three terms in office, Mayor Hughes still has not led the city to deliver on any of these improvements to the citizens, leaving the city’s economic future unsecured and unsure. It is the

mayor’s job, his duty and obligation to the citizens to be the city’s top advocate and salesman. He must be proactive and a visionary and must attend many meetings and functions outside of Springtown, always promoting Springtown and Springtown ISD everywhere he goes.

Mayor Hughes cannot, and does not want to travel out of Springtown to promote our community and participate in all the important functions and meetings beneficial to the city that occur all year long where mayors network with other cities and government officials to discuss issues and exchange ideas and meet potential investors and commercial business owners that could be recruited back to Springtown. This is a very important part of every mayor’s job. In three terms, he has not seen this as any part of his mayoral responsibility and obligation to the citizens, as I do and I hope you do, too. We are a small city but we are growing and need a full-time mayor; I have the time to attend all meetings and functions to promote Springtown as your full-time mayor. I did this for six years as your councilman. I have worked and been involved in government since 1994 as a student, a volunteer, a board member, mayoral appointee, and elected official from the city to the federal level and my plan of business recruitment for Springtown is how every successful city operates to secure their economic futures and pay their bills. If you need proof what I say is true, just look around at Azle, Lake Worth, Weatherford, booming cities all around us with proactive mayors selling the benefits of their cities and securing their economic futures.

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