August 6, 2014 Edition

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Tinker seeks reelection

Lifelong resident Lanny Tinker has announced that he will seek reelection as mayor of Hoxie.

Tinker is a member of the Hoxie United Methodist Church and he, his wife, Lida Ann Welch Tinker, and two daughters, Melanie Volner and Laura Prondzinski, all graduated from Hoxie High School and Arkansas State University.

Tinker has 37 years of experience as an administrator, 33 of which were at ASU, as well as 24 years of experience as a business owner. This is his fourth year serving as Hoxie mayor.

In his announcement, Tinker stated that it is imperative for the mayor to understand the duties and responsibilities of the position as government operations are becoming increasingly complex.

"I believe I have a good understanding of the duties of the mayor. I am familiar with most governmental regulations a mayor needs to have a general understanding of such programs as the Americans with Disability Act, Environmental Protection Agency regulations, and Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, which includes water and waste water regulations, and the Arkansas Legislative Audit Process. I have also attended Arkansas Municipal League training and conferences," Tinker said,

Tinker stated that his administration inherited severe infrastructure problems, particularly with water and sewer distributions systems, which came very close to major failures that could have ruined the city financially. "I believe my skill and ability as a manager was absolutely critical in addressing these problems in a reasonable manner," he said.

During Tinker's term, the outdated sewer pumping stations were replaced.

Tinker said he has tried to be as transparent as possible during his time in office. He has published 42 mayor's reports in an effort to explain the city's current state.

"I was the first Hoxie mayor to utilize this process and believe our dissemination of information to our citizens is the best of any city our size in the state of Arkansas," he said.

"It took the city of Hoxie more than 50 years to get to the condition we are in, and it will take more than just four years to correct the course. I have and will continue to give my best effort to be fair in making decisions for the betterment of Hoxie. I believe I am competent and qualified and I am dedicated to being your mayor. I ask for your support and vote in the November election."

In his announcement, Tinker made a written pledge that he will not take any campaign money from any citizen or group either inside or outside Hoxie's city limits.

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