MIDLAND CITY, AL (WTVY) Thursday night in Midland City, people gathered at the community center to hear their candidates talk about the issues.
There are three candidates running for mayor. Former Midland mayor, Virgil Skipper, retired due to health reasons. Back in February, Midland City Alabama County voted 3 to 1 to choose his previous wife, Patsy Skipper, as the interim mayor. Patsy is now running to keep the spot.
She was not present at the forum, but she is running against Jo Ann Bennett Grimsley and Lamar Spence.
Grimsley was originally an assistant city clerk, water clerk, and court clerk for Midland City. She worked for the county for 27 years.
“I wear many hats,” explained Grimsley. “And I know I’m going to make a good mayor for all the people, not for some, all the people of midland city, because I love my community and I love midland city and all the people that’s here.”
As for Spence, he ran against Virgil Skipper in the previous mayoral elections. This is his third time running.
“Too many issues here that got to be addressed,” said Spence. “Midland city is going to come back, we are going to bounce back, we are going out after new business, we are going to get growth in midland city, we are going to out the waste of spending out, and uh we are going to make midland city a wonderful place to leave.”
The election is next Tuesday August 23rd.Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Midland City Alabama County voters can either vote at Dale County High School, or Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.
A list of the other candidates running in the Midland City Races are:
DISTRICT ONE COUNCIL
Doug Parker II
Gerald L Williams
DISTRICT TWO COUNCIL
Jimmy “JC” Culbreath
Rosalie Payton Bryant
ONLY Mayor at Large Race for District Three and Four.
Districts Three & Four Councilmember Candidates had no opposition.
District Three- George Williams
District Four- Delbert Chandler