Perry Mayor Faircloth to seek re-election

chwright@macon.comJune 5, 2013 

PERRY -- Perry Mayor Jimmy Faircloth intends to seek a second term in November, he said Wednesday.

“We have been able to accomplish quite a bit in the past three-and-a-half years that I would like to continue,” Faircloth said. “It’s the same line, but it’s really true.”

Faircloth said he made the decision after clearing the possibility of another four-year term with his family and employer, Middle Georgia Technical College. He said the city has experienced some wins in the past few years, but more must be done.

“I won’t go so far as to say we’ve stabilized because we still have some issues,” he said.

Accomplishments include improvements at the wastewater treatment plant, lower vacancy rates citywide -- especially downtown -- and a new fire station.

Staffing for the city’s second fire station is one of the challenges Faircloth said he’d like to help the city overcome. The station has been operational for two weeks, but its staff consists of firefighters who had been working in the first station. To lower insurance rates, inspectors have told the city it needs to hire 18 more firefighters.

Faircloth said the city faces financial obstacles. It’s been completing projects on the special purpose local option sales tax lists and paying off bond debts, but declining revenue sources are concerning.

“We are on the right track,” Faircloth said. “But it’s just simply going to take some more time to do that. If the people are willing, I’m willing to do one more term.”

Qualifying is in August. Faircloth said no one has told him they’re thinking of running against him.

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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