Two vie for Mount Jackson mayor
By Alex Bridges
Mount Jackson voters can choose the town’s next mayor in the general election on Tuesday.
Allen L. “Al” Asbury and J.G. “Bucky” Miller are vying for the seat currently held by Michael Kuntz, who stepped in to fill the position last summer after longtime Mayor Joseph Williams died unexpectedly. Town Council appointed Kuntz to serve out the remainder of the four-year term. Kuntz, a former councilman, did not seek election to the office.
Asbury, 67, is divorced with children and grandchildren. Asbury has not served in any elected or appointed offices for the town.
Asked why he should serve as mayor, Asbury said, “I can properly represent the taxpaying residents’ best interests.”
Asked what he would do different as mayor, Asbury said: “My first proposal would be for one-term limits for elected positions, if you will.”
“I feel that when an incumbent stays around too long, multi-term if you will, there’s always a possibility of corruption,” Asbury said. “I’m not saying that they are. I’m just saying there’s a possibility of.”
“We got a couple of long-termers,” Asburg added. “I don’t have anything personal against them but I think it’s time just to get one, four-year term and you gotta go out the door and let the next person come in.”
Asbury said he would like to see the development in town of an adult-run center for teenagers. Asbury said he also would like to see the town impose a 1-cent sales tax on items bought in Mount Jackson with the exception of food and medication to reduce the need for raising the real estate tax rate.
J.G. “Bucky” Miller, 37, is married with a child. Miller served on council from 2004-2012 and currently chairs the Board of Zoning Appeals.
Asked why he should serve as mayor, Miller said, “I grew up here. I have a great working relationship with the town and the people. The people of the town know me well enough that they feel comfortable talking to me. Serving the eight years with the town council that taught me a great deal about how a town runs and how a town should be ran.”
Asked what he would do different as mayor, Miller said, “As far as differences go, I don’t believe that a mayor or a council person can come in and say ‘I’m going to change this’ or ‘I’m going to change that.’ I think the best way to plan for what I’m going to attempt to do is you just need to address things as they come. There are projects on the table such as making sure that sidewalks continue to be funding and keep that going.
“I think if you go into with ‘I’m going to do this’ or ‘I’m going to do that,’ you can’t go in with tunnel vision,” Miller added.
Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or firstname.lastname@example.org