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Four candidates campaigning for the Abbeville mayoral seat

In one week, voters will head to the polls to vote in Abbeville's mayor.
In one week, voters will head to the polls to vote in Abbeville's mayor.(WTVY)
Published: Aug. 18, 2020 at 4:47 PM CDT
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ABBEVILLE, Ala. (WTVY) - We are now one week away from several municipal elections across the Wiregrass.

In Abbeville, there is a packed field of candidates campaigning for the mayoral seat, going door to door and putting out their signs in hopes of reaching voters.

I sat down with them all this week to talk about their campaign platforms and why each decided to run.

Incumbent Billy Helms has been mayor since 2016, but previously served as a councilman for twelve years prior.

He says economically, the city has improved since he took over and he wants to keep that going.

“We struggled before I took over Abbeville to meet payroll, to pay our bills. And I made a commitment that I would not ever borrow money to make payroll. Cause it’s just like any other business- you’ve got to spend you have, not what you might have,” Helms said.

If re-elected, his main priority would be to pave roadways.

Candidate Greg Grimsley served on the city council from 2004 to 2012.

“I wanna restore integrity back into city leadership. I think the citizens have lost confidence in city leadership here in Abbeville,” Grimsley said.

His platform is based on finding industries to invest in the city, as well as in the future of Abbeville’s youth.

“I think its very important that we get the young people in the city of Abbeville back to working again,” Grimsley said.

Former mayor Jim Giganti is also seeking another term as mayor- serving from 2012-2016.

“My first experience in municipal government was here in Abbeville,” Giganti said.

Giganti wants to make Abbeville a place that keeps its workers happy and stable.

“We have a hard time keeping some of our police officers. We have a hard time keeping some of our laborers in the street and sanitation department,” Giganti said. He also wants to recruit more industry for the city.

The final candidate is Jimmy Money. He has been a business owner for more than twenty years, including Jimmy’s Bar-B-Q and Pizza near downtown. He wants to focus on infrastructure and street cleanup.

“There’s streets that really need some work done on it. We haven’t had a major paving project here in a good number of years and our streets are not in the best of shape. I’d like to see some work done on that,” Money said.

The city elections are set for Tuesday, August 25th.

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