April 23, 2014 Edition

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Barber to seek mayor position

Hoxie resident Russell Barber has formally announced his plans to run for mayor of Hoxie. Barber, 56, says he will seek the office in this November's election. He released the following statement:

"I have lived in Hoxie since May of 2013. I love living here, have been attending church here in Hoxie for the past three years at People's Faith Tabernacle and we have some wonderful people here. I have loved living in Arkansas and have been in Arkansas since 2009. My wife, Majorie, and I both love our church and city. Currently I work with Tina Stowers as deputy county clerk and in maintenance at Butterball in Jonesboro.

"I was never a politician but have learned a lot about the state through being a recorder/treasurer for Alicia. Former Mayor Beth Reynolds of Alicia asked me to take a position in 2009 as recorder/treasurer. I was appointed and stayed in that office until I moved to Hoxie. I also helped start a police department in Alicia, in which I was also town marshal/police chief for a while. There were three grants received for Alicia from 2008-2013, one for the water tower, one for a park walking trail and one to repair some streets.

"I became very familiar with grants and financials that it takes to run cities and towns. I believe I can really be beneficial to help Hoxie to bring in the money from grants that will help to upgrade the sewer and water systems. I believe we can also help improve some of the city roads and drainage problems that we have here. My door will always be open, and I will be willing to hear ideas that will help Hoxie grow and improve.

"I would like to see what we can do to get more business in Hoxie. It would be nice to have a grocery store in Hoxie again. It would also be nice to bring in manufacturing jobs in this area to help provide more jobs. Like I said before I am not a politician, but I am responsible and have integrity and if I tell you I will do something I will follow through. I am not going to make any promises I can't keep or I am not going to promise you something just to get elected. The one thing I will guarantee is that I will work hard for the public."

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