CLOSER LOOK: 6 candidates campaigning for mayor of Auburn

CLOSER LOOK: 6 candidates campaigning for mayor of Auburn
Published: Jul. 20, 2018 at 3:11 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2018 at 2:18 PM EDT
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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Six candidates have qualified to run for the mayor of Auburn.

Mayor Bill Ham has spent 20 years in office and he says the time is now for him to let someone else take over the helm.

Here's a closer look at the candidates:

Ron Anders : 

"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.

Brittany Cannon Dement :  

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 : 

Richard Speake is a local businessman who says he does handy-work like plumbing for people around the city.

Speake says he wants to protect the environment of Auburn – slow down on building apartments and new buildings along with moving the city away from using Styrofoam.

"I want to pull all the wards together like they haven't been in a long time. There's Auburn, Auburn University, Opelika, and it's all kind of scrunched together. Then, there's Northwest Auburn, Northwest Auburn doesn't get represented properly," said Speake.

This mayoral candidate says waiter and air quality also top his list along with making sure all quadrants of the city are fairly represented.

Dr. David B. Hill : 

  • Resident of Auburn 1957-1972 and 2009-present
  • Auburn High School and Auburn University grad
  • AU Student Body President and SGA Senator
  • Ph.D. in Government from FSU
  • Served on faculties of Texas A&M, Kansas State, Florida Atlantic Universities, lecturer at University of Florida, and research faculty at AU
  • Author/editor of three books on voting and elections
  • Past officer and board member, Auburn Preservation League
  • Served on Planning and Zoning Commission and Parks and Recreation board in College Station, Texas
  • Been a strategic research consultant for top-tier companies and organizations, including Time-Warner, Facebook, Google, Dell, Xcel Energy, American Cancer Society, and Trust for Public Land
  • Public engagement consultant to state agencies, local governments, libraries and schools across the nation since 1988

Dr. David Hill is a consultant who has his doctorate in Government from Florida State University , also attended high school in Auburn and undergraduate at Auburn University.

"I know the basics as a professor I taught local and state government. I know the variety of options out there for local governments," said Hill.

Hill says he can bring a unique set of qualities to the city. One being finding a solution to the seemingly ongoing conversation about parking issues in and around downtown. He also believes new retail is something this area needs.

"The problem I think we face is we've been somewhat outflanked by Opelika over the past decade and most of the retail has gone there and it has serious consequences," explained Hill.

Jordan Langdon: 

Jordan Langdon, an Auburn resident and sophomore at Auburn University, is the fourth mayoral candidate to file his intent. Langdon is from Phenix City, Alabama where he graduated from Central High School in 2017.

"I've always had an interest in government from a young age. I have had a desire to serve the community that I love so dearly, but I never knew exactly how. Now, God has given me a potential opportunity to take Auburn to the next level and I will not let him nor the citizens down," said Langdon.

As of now, he is the youngest candidate to qualify for the mayor's office.

Langdon has held several leadership positions to include being an executive staff member at Auburn's student-run television station, Eagle Eye TV.

Langdon said he has already made connections with leadership in Montgomery and plans to collaborate with them to help improve the city of Auburn.

Lindburgh B. Jackson : 

Lindburgh B. Jackson says he is a community activist. Most recently making headlines for petitioning the Northwest Auburn Neighborhood Plan.

Jackson is a retiree and native of Auburn. In the early 1970s, Jackson was an assistant to the city of Auburn engineer for seven years and said he was one of the first African Americans to work in the city's municipal complex.

News Leader 9 spoke with Jackson over the phone and have a formal interview planned to learn more information on the candidate in the coming days.

The League of Women Voters of East Alabama will host a public forum of candidates running for in the upcoming Auburn municipal election. Candidates for the mayoral race and city council seats have been invited to participate in this event.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Clarion Inn & Suites at 1577 South College Street in Auburn.

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