July 23, 2014 Edition

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Lawson to run for WR mayor

Lifelong resident and businessman Ed Lawson has formally announced his candidacy for mayor of Walnut Ridge.

In his announcement, he stated that he is thrilled to announce to the city of Walnut Ridge that he is running for mayor in the November election and that it is an honor to be a part of the 2014 mayoral election.

"I'm seeking the mayoral seat for the city of Walnut Ridge based upon my past experience that includes four years on the Walnut Ridge City Council, and 10 years of owning a successful business, as well as co-owning a prosperous business with my wife, Tracy Lawson, for the past 10 years," he said.

Prior to that, Lawson worked for Skil-Bosch Power Tools for 25 years with over 20 years in management. Lawson stated that over the past years, he and his wife have made significant monetary donations to several local organizations including the Downtown Walnut Ridge Association, The Children's Shelter and Walnut Ridge Parks and Recreation, as well as many other needs in the community.

"I have had the privilege to serve as an alderman for the past four years," he said. "I have personally seen the issues and concerns of the citizens of Walnut Ridge that need addressed but have been overlooked for the past several years.

"I have a broad vision for our city which covers many areas of concern. I want to make the difference that will allow Walnut Ridge to not only be a better community to live in, but also a financially stable and secure city.

"I currently own Injection Molding Services and am co-owner of Independent Medical Solutions, Inc. with my wife, Tracy. Based upon our managerial experiences and dedicated hard work, both businesses have become very successful. I believe a city should be managed like a business with the goal being meeting the needs of the people and having a positive bottom line.

"Many people have asked if I plan on staying in the Walnut Ridge area. Now that our youngest child is embarking on her college career at Arkansas State University, Tracy and I have discussed future plans on residency. It always comes back full circle - we are both from this community and this is the place we want to stay.

"Walnut Ridge is a small town that is full of hometown people who care about their fellow neighbors and take pride in their community. Although Tracy and I could relocate and continue our current businesses anywhere, we choose to stay in Walnut Ridge.

"With my dedication, loyalty, honesty and leadership abilities, Walnut Ridge has the probability to be the best small town out there. Again, I believe the needs of the people should be addressed and most importantly, I believe Walnut Ridge can be a very financially-secure city for many years to come."

Regarding why he is running for mayor instead of seeking re-election for Walnut Ridge City Council, Lawson said, "With the support of the citizens of Walnut Ridge, I truly believe I can make a positive difference to our city."

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