Deadline nears for Auburn mayoral candidates to file intent; 3 candidates vying so far

Deadline nears for Auburn mayoral candidates to file intent; 3 candidates vying so far
Published: Jul. 6, 2018 at 8:25 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM EDT
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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -  Things are heating up in Auburn and we aren't talking the weather.

Time is winding down for candidates to file their intent to run for mayor of the city.

Candidates have big shoes to fill after Auburn Mayor Bill Ham spent 20 years in office. Now three people so far are vying for the title as mayor.

As of now, Ron Anders, Brittany Cannon Dement, and Richard Speake are running for mayor of Auburn.

"It's just the greatest opportunity to serve a community that's done a lot for me," said Anders.

A lifelong Auburn resident, you might know him from the well known Andes Book Store. Councilman Ron Anders says running for mayor is a lifelong dream.

"I've been able to be part of so many wonderful things through this community, whether they've been through city government, planning commission, parks and recreation's advisory committee, or local non-profits,"  said Anders.

The next candidate is Brittany Cannon Dement. A lifelong resident of Auburn, an Auburn University graduate, and now a part-time instructor at Southern Union State Community College, Dement brings a young mind to the table and said the economy is key for the city.

"Economic development is huge. Obviously, we are a growing city and we need to continue bringing in good and high paying jobs. The industries we have are good, but let's bring in more along with making sure we take care of our small business," said Dement.

Dement also spent time in Montgomery working with legislatures and she feels that relationship will be an asset if in office.

"If things need to happen here that must be done at the state level, I've built that rapport. I can go to Montgomery and I can do that work on behalf of those here in Auburn," said Dement.

Richard Speake made a filing late yesterday according to city officials. News Leader 9 was unable to reach Speake but hopes to bring you an interview at a later date.

Meanwhile, candidates are giving voters a sneak peek at part of what they want to bring the city as mayor.

"If I get in office, I want it to be a more inclusive government. I want it to be more accessible as well. I want to find a way we can engage more citizens," said Dement.

"In the summer of 2020, I would like to bring the community together--- those who want to dig in and dig deeper with their ideas and plans for the future of Auburn and work on a 2040 plan," said Anders. 

The last day to file to run for mayor is July 17 at 5 p.m. The election will be on August 28.

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