June 25, 2014 Edition

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Vaughn to run
for Hoxie mayor

Danny Vaughn recently announced he will run for Hoxie mayor with the following statement.

"I am proud to say that I grew up in a military family. My father served his country for 22 years, serving three of those years in Vietnam. I followed in my father's footsteps serving almost 10 years in the army. While military families form tight knit communities, we never lived anywhere long enough to call home. I feel privileged to have called Hoxie my home for the last 18 years. My wife, Tammy, and I have lived in Hoxie since 1997 and have three children, Dannie, Gannon, and Addie. I have been a business owner for 25 years. I am the owner and operator of the Hoxie Barbershop.

"I feel that because of my opportunity to interact with the citizens of Hoxie, I have been able to hear their concerns for the city's future. It is apparent that several changes need to be made. Many residents have told me that they feel like their voices are not being heard when it comes to certain issues. If I am elected mayor, I will have an open door policy.

"One thing I have noticed over the last several years is that Hoxie seems to be losing its sense of community. Neighbors should look out for neighbors as well as the city should put the needs of its residents first. I would like to see more opportunities for residents to interact with one another. One of the biggest assets the city is missing out on is the talent of its local residents. I would like to give residents an opportunity to volunteer in the community on several different projects.

"Everyone has been talking lately about the availability of grant money for projects. I have been in touch with a Jonesboro city councilman who has offered the use of their grant writing department. I would like to take this opportunity to learn the process so Hoxie can establish its own grant writing department.

"I realize the city has been dealing with financial issues for quite some time. If I am elected mayor I promise to do my best to run city business in the most efficient way possible. It may require many employees to wear several different hats. As mayor, I am willing to pitch in anywhere I am needed. I have never been afraid to get my hands dirty.

"I would appreciate your vote this November. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at arkansasbagpiper@yahoo.com"

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