April 09, 2014 Edition

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Snapp announces run for mayor

Walnut Ridge businessman Charles Snapp has formally announced his plans to run for mayor of Walnut Ridge. Snapp, 59, says he will seek the office in this November's election.

"I have lived in Walnut Ridge all my life, and I love this community," Snapp said. "Great things are starting to happen here, and I believe we have the most potential to move forward that we have had in many years, if we have the right leadership."

Snapp and his wife, Jackie, have rental properties in Walnut Ridge, including the newly opened Hotel Rhea as well as Alamo Apartments and several storage units. They also operated Hammertime Guide Service for duck hunters for many years.

"Jackie and I live in Walnut Ridge by choice," he said. "We have enjoyed success in business here, and even after we retired from the guide service, this is where we chose to make our home. It is where we want to be."

Four years ago, the tourism committee of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce asked for the Snapps' help in a new project. The committee was seeking ways to promote the county's place on Rock 'n' Roll Highway 67 and sought out the Snapps due to their success in bringing tourists to their duck hunting business.

Snapp was at the forefront of the effort to build Beatles Park, including donating two storefronts for the park location. He led the way in organizing the Beatles at the Ridge Festival, which has drawn thousands of visitors to Walnut Ridge during the past three years.

He was also instrumental in the planning, design and building of the Guitar Walk at Cavenaugh Park.

"My wife and I have spent the past four years working with numerous individuals and investors in the area and you can see the differences that have been made in downtown Walnut Ridge," he said.

"Those differences came from leadership of a unified effort and a solid belief in Walnut Ridge. Now is the time to expand those efforts for the pursuit of job creation through more businesses and improvements for the entire Walnut Ridge area."

The Snapp family has been involved in business in Walnut Ridge for many years, including the former Snapp Ford dealership, as well as the Alamo Court Motel and Davy Crockett Restaurant.

"It has been a privilege to grow up and make my life in this community," Snapp commented. "I have certainly made my share of mistakes over those years, but I have tried very hard to learn from them, and I think I am a better man for it."

The mayoral candidate said that, if elected, he wants to see continued redevelopment of downtown Walnut Ridge and work toward beautification of the community as a whole. He also plans to pursue development of new housing and commercial property in the city.

Another priority for Snapp will be making improvements at Stewart Park and providing youth-related activities for the community.

"We have a vibrant Chamber of Commerce in Lawrence County, and I look forward to working with them, along with other leaders in our county and region, to bring new businesses and new jobs to Walnut Ridge," Snapp pledged.

Snapp, who is currently the chair of the Walnut Ridge Planning Commission, said he has led the effort for a comprehensive long-range plan for Walnut Ridge. He wants to focus on the future of the city and help it reach new levels of growth and success.

"I am asking the people of Walnut Ridge to give me the opportunity to lead this city for the next four years. I am very excited about the things we can accomplish as we move forward together," he concluded.

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