Three area aldermen seeking re-election

Published 5:30 pm Tuesday, January 15, 2013

     Three incumbent aldermen in Wesson have made known they will seek their jobs again during the upcoming municipal elections, and no challengers have entered the race yet.

     Van Graham, alderman at large, John Welter of Ward Two and Billy Ellison of Ward Three have all filed paper indicating their intent to seek re-election.

     Wesson elections are non-partisan, with all candidates running as independents. Welter and Ellison have turned in a petition signed by 50 Wesson voters, but Graham has not yet obtained all his signatures.

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     The petition is required of all independent candidates participating in municipal elections.

     Welter will be seeking a fifth term, Graham a third term and Ellison a second term.

     Ellison called it an easy to decision to seek a sophomore term.

     “Loving it,” he said of the alderman job. “It’s been a good, quiet four years.”

     His fellow aldermen were similarly enthusiastic about the prospect of additional terms. Graham said he feels he needs more time to complete his goals.

     “One thing I’ve learned in my time on the board, is that it takes a long time to do anything,” Graham said.

     And Welter, he just enjoys the job.

     “I like working for the people,” he said.

     All three discussed infrastructure renovations, including sidewalk repair and major renovations to the Old Wesson School, as accomplishments of the most recent term.

     For Ellison’s part, he’s feels his constituents have appreciated his efforts.

     “People have been quite receptive to me,” Ellison said.

     Graham and Welter both feel the current slate of aldermen have cooperated very well, citing the consistency of unanimous votes.

     “This board, we work good together,” Welter said.

     Eyeing another four years, the three incumbents want to see the Old Wesson School project finally completed and opened as a community center.

     They’re also eyeing funds to put a park in Wesson and install street lamps that are replicas of lamps that were in Wesson many years ago.

     With four wards and an alderman at large, Wesson has five aldermen. The town’s other incumbents are Bobby Britt of Ward Four and Ward One’s Mike Douglas.

     Candidates may qualify for municipal elections through March 8. With all candidates running as independents, Wesson won’t hold party primaries on May 7 when other cities and towns do.

     Instead, voters will select their town officials during the June 4 general election, including aldermen and mayor.

     The city clerk and police chief in Wesson are appointed.