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Mount Vernon Mayoral Candidate: James Moore
October 28, 2013

• Age: 71

• Education/military service: Through 10th grade then started own business

• Occupation: Retired. Owned and operated J&D Locker for 27 years. Started out at age 17 with a garbage route; after that, I had a tree service and Moore's Construction.

• Family: Married for 54 years to wife, Dorothy. Four children: Terrie Feaker, Tammy Frederick, Tracy Neal and James Moore II. 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

• Community involvement/elected service: City council, 2003-2009; fire department for 25 years; emergency management for 30-plus years; Firefighter 1 nationwide - was a first responder until age 60

Why are you running for Mount Vernon mayor?

Our infrastructure and tax money - bring it back to the people. We all need to work together.

What is the role of the mayor?

To lead and handle all of the day-to-day problems.

What experiences/background would make you a good mayor?

Common sense and ability to work with others.

You've served or are serving in city government. What three accomplishments are you most proud of during your time of service?

City council for six years. Streets and sewer trunkline. Started the work for new fire station.

What are top three strengths of the City of Mount Vernon, and how should the city capitalize on those strengths?

Top strength is the people. We need to listen to their concerns and problems. Our fire department, police department and ambulance department.

What are top three biggest challenges facing the City of Mount Vernon and how should they be addressed?

1 - Getting back to building our infrastructure.

2 - Straightening out our problems with police department.

3 - Wellness center.

What should the top three budget priorities be for the City of Mount Vernon?

Infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure. Streets, sewers, communication skills.

What's your position on the proposed Mount Vernon community/wellness center?

According to our study, the people of Mount Vernon are against the wellness center. I'm against using any taxpayer money for this project.

What should be done, if anything, to resolve sharing issues between the Mount Vernon and Lisbon police departments?

We should set up meetings - face to face - to discuss how we can work together and get the job done.

If elected, what actions, if any, should the city council/mayor take immediately?

Starting the actions to straighten out our problems and try to get the city back on track.

Are you supporting any of the candidates for city council? Who?

It takes the right tools to do a good job, therefore my choices are Bill Niemi and Eric Roudabush for council. Our thoughts are all alike. Common sense works.

Why should citizens vote for you?

Honesty and common sense and the ability to do the job right. Work with the people, not against them. We can all do this together.

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