By Alex Bridges -- firstname.lastname@example.org
MT. JACKSON -- Voters in Mt. Jackson go to the polls May 1 to pick three town council members from five candidates.
Councilman Rodney Max Shepherd sought re-election and appears on the ballot with candidates Dennis L. Andrick, Allen L. "Al" Asbury, Donald I. "Donnie" Pifer and Darren W. Swartz.
Councilmen Neil Fadely and J. Bucky Miller, whose terms end June 30, did not seek re-election to another term.
Pifer did not return a call for comment last week.
Shepherd told the Daily recently he plans to work on improving the sidewalks in town as well as look into development options for the Interstate 81 interchange if he gets re-elected.
"Our sidewalks just really need to be improved and worked on," he said.
Asbury, who ran in two previous council elections, advocates for limiting members to serve one term. Asbury said he would focus on the role of the town mayor if elected.
"I've never accused anyone on council of being corrupt," Asbury said. "But the longer a council member occupies their seat, it's more likely that that council member may become corrupt."
Asbury, a retired steelworker and resident of the Mt. Jackson area for 16 years, said he wants to make changes to the tax code by eliminating levies on property, structures and vehicles.
"I believe in getting involved and, going forward, if elected all I can say is that issues that face our town I would approach them with common sense and business management approach and listen to all the peoples' input and all the facts ... and figures before you, take all that into consideration and make the best decision, you know, possible," said Swartz, who lauded the efforts of the current counci.
Andrick told the Daily he chose to seek for a first term on council after several people in town asked him to run.
"I thought, well, we'll see if I can be of service to the community," he said.
Andrick said he didn't know yet of any particular issues to address if elected to council. Andrick has lived in Mt. Jackson for 20 years and works out of his home for an insurance company.