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l Page A-2, The Tuskegee News, July 20, 2000 Washington enters mayor's race Freddie Washington answered the questions about his plans to run for mayor this past Saturday ai~rnoon on the square in down- town Tuskegee, after qualifying on Friday afternoon. With family and friends gathering under the trees, Washington sounded a call for honesty, integrity, accountabil- ity, and commitment in city gov- ernment through the leadership of the mayor's office. "Again, I can not thank you enough for coming out on this hot July afternoon to join me as we begin this journey together to reclaim the mayor's office for the people of this historic city," Washington said. "We are already in the 21st Century, and Tuskegee needs a 21st Century mayor- someone who lives by the virtues of hon- esty, integrity, accountability and commitment, while at the same time looking to the true vision for Tuskegee to secure a prosperous future for all of her people. Our spirit of pride and excellence has flickered, and we must rekindle it so that the torch will be passed on to those who come alter us. A vision as great as Tuskegee's is a terrible thmg to waste." Washington added, ~l~uskegee is the place where people from all over this nation and the world should come to learn to creatively and confidently solve any prob- lem, while living in great prosper- ity. Tuskegee is the place where everyone can achieve anything without hindrances and stum- bling blocks. We must reclaim this vision by escaping our isola- tion, positioning ourselves for the future, and standing in our right- ful place in the state, the nation and the world. This vision does not provide for a learning curve that will allow a long assessment of the true state of the city. This vision requires leadership that has already assessed the situation, and is pre- pared to hit the ground running to lay a strong foundation for the future. This vision requires a mayor who understands that a strong chief executive officer, working with a strong council, and with a city manager as the chief admires" trative officer, has not been reduced to a ceremonial position; but has been &eed to provide strong, creative leader- ship. "As the next mayor of this his- teric city I am prepared to devel- op professional excellence in every department by encour~g and supporting employee train- ing, along with the utilization of city dollars to provide the proper equipment for each department. This would automatically require the accounting for every dollar from all sources. This can only happen with an outside audit of the city's accounts, and the main- tenance of the daily integrity of internal book keeping. It would also be necessary to actively, per- sistently, and consistently seek non-tax dollars to support much needed commtmity development and recreation. This would free tax dollars to be spent for what they are earmarked for, as well as provide a better base for competi- tive employee support. "At the same time that we are putting our house in order, it is critical that we enter into rela- tionships with local, regional, national, political, business, and university leaders. We can not continue to glory in a long ago ~st, while the region from ontgomery to Atlanta prospers. We must participate in the regional economic growth that is fast leaving us begin. Freddie Washington "Economic development can not be held hostage by a few, while the many fall further and further behind. Economic development cannot be based on minimum wage jobs, when there are high paying jobs available for this com- munity through companies poised to come into Tuskegee, and small business development. We must actively seek them out, large and small, and invite them in. This is the only way we can insure that our children and grandchildren can build success- ful lives here; and that retirees and seniors can enjoy the quality of life they deserve. Our children's and grandchil- dren's future is right now. There is no reason they can not be taught by example that honesty, integrity, accountability, and com- mitment in every area of govern- ment and life is possible in Tuskegee. Now is the time that we teach them that the days of plantation politics are over. Now is the time to throw off and destroy the compromise of those who fear going to fast economical- ly, and who fear dreams too big to be accomplislmd in their lifetime. :'~ow is the time to throw off the bondage of those who want to con- trol the standard of living and the quality of life of the many at a low ~evel, while they enjoy the bene- fits of economic prosperity. They do not want to run for office and be held accountable for their actions, but wish to sit near the seat of power and read all the benefits. "Now is the time that we elect a mayor whb has managed large staffs, and who is accustomed to handling milh'ons of dollars. Now is the time that we elect a mayor who understands that what the city looks like is an statement about its citizens. '`Now is the time that we elect a mayor who is honest, has integri- ty, is accountable for his actions, and who is committed to pride and excellence in everything that he does. Now's the time that we elect a mayor who knows that no elected official accomplishes any- thing alone. Now is the time that we elect a mayor who trader- stands that politics without finance does not lead to a pros- perous community. Casting your vote without having participated financially will not make your voice heard in the state and national halls of power. "Now is the time that we elected a mayor who not only wants to lead, but is a leader, and knows where we can go, and how to get there. Now is the time that Tuskegee elected Freddie L Washington, mayor. "I can not get there without you, and once I'm there I can not suc- ceed without you. I AM BECAUSE WE ARE. It is now time to work to achieve our goals. We did not come to this battle to come in second. If you really want to take this city to the next level, elect Freddie L. Washington, m ayor." Washington has been appointed by Gov. Siegleman to the Governor's Task Force on the Development of Economically Distressed Counties, and current- ly serves as the chairperson of the Task Force's Economic Development Committee. After an appointment by Gov. George Wallace as Assistant Administrator for the Alabama Development Office, he served 28 years in the Alabama Department of Economic and CommunityAffairs (ADECA) as a Program Manager, then as the Administrative Assistant for Community Services Block Grant Program; and finally as the Administrator of the State Community Services Office. He began his career in community action as Executive Director of the Macon County Community Action Agency. He is married to Ernestine (Groomes) Washington, a retired public school educator and Ms. Senior Macon County 2000. They have four daughters, Mary Washington Stroud (Irving), Cynthia Washington Colton (Samuel), Rellamichelle Washington 2~ree (Darrell), and Freda J. Washington; and six grandchildren. Washington serves at Washington Chapel AME Church as a trustee, President of the Progressive Men's Club, and Vice- President of the Church Housinu Board. He is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the Ttmkegee Civic Association, the Alabama New South Coalition, and Tuskegee Institute Local Alumni Club (president). He is also a member of the Optimist Club. The Washington Campaign Headquarters is located at 117 Westside Street, downtown. It will be open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and 4-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Like Arthritis Pain Mystery Solved Horse Liniment is the secret/ OCALA, FL.-- An ingredient used to treat inflammation in thoroughbred racehorse legs, is now recognized as safe and effective for human use. The ingredients has been formulated into a product called ARTH-RxTM and comes in a strength designed for humans. Researchers are excited and say the formula can relieve arthritis pain for millions. Developed by the Phillips Gulf Corporation, ARTH-Rx is a break- through in the treatment of painful disorders ranging from minor aches and pains to more serious conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, rheuma- tism, tendonitis, backache and more. Scientist suggest that ARTH-Rx works by intercepting the pain mes- senger substance that sends pain signals to the brain. Although the mechanism is not totally clear, pain is relieved in the affected area because the pain signal actually disappears. ARTH-Rx is the only product on the market with Neurocaine and is avail- able in a convenient, pleasant scent- ed roll-on applicator without a pre- scription. According to a spokespar- son for the company, ARTH-Rx is available in pharmacies, nutrition stores, and even some feed stores. ARTH-Rx can also be ordered by calling 1-800-729-8446.2000PGC ARTH-Rx is available locally at: FREEMAN'S PHARMACY 209 Dr. Martin Luther King Hwy. 727-0047 BIG BEAR DISCOUNT DRUG 218 West Lee St. 727-2150 Vaughan seeks council pos- r ' i I, like most of the citizens of Tuskegee, have remained on the sidelines and hoped the city would prosper. The reality is that the orly way we can expect good government is to get involved. That is the commitment I have made. I am, Jeannie Vaughan, and I am running for the Place 1 for the City Council of Tuskegee. I have raised my three children here and love this city too much to be satisfied with our inability to participate in the greatest econom- ic boom this state and nation have ever known. In addition to raising my family and working fulltime, I have served on the City Planning Commission and participated in the initial work on our new Comprehensive Plan. I pledge that I will work to insure that the Council and all parts of city government work together to help Tuskegee move forward. We must improve the quality of life in Tuskegee order to that we Bringing Tuskegee helping ing We also recruit nesses. It is unified ship that able to recruit nesses. Jeannie vaugnan achieve this working for Tomorrow. Local students graduate, earn Five Macon County students earned Dean's List honors at Auburn University Montgomery during winter quarter, 2000. They are: Justin M. Kyser and Terri D. Barton of Tuskegee; James E. Cooper, Tuskegee Institute; and Jennifer W. Richardson and Alicia P. Spivey, both of Notasulga. Four students from Macon the 365 Troy State University students degrees in the Dec. 18, 1999 ny. They were: Earnestine B. J. Milbry and Betty D. Scott, Jennifer L. Dilliard, Notasulga. The ]uskegee-Maco. Cou.ly Head Start Program is accepting applications For the following l)osiliuns ...... Assisla.l Teacher Qualifications: '" ' ' ' pt [,I ,ran] illgli Sellout Di {),Ila Ol O " ~" iiili~ ' - .L.I). - Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) [desirable] - Ability to work with young children and adults - Good communication skills Part-Time Assistant Teacher Qualifications: - High School DiplolnaorGED [ininimum] - Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) [desirable] Ability to work with young children and adults Good communication skills Deadline: Aoolications available at the: Alabama State Employment Agency 302 South Main Street Tuskegee, Alabama 36083 July 28, 2000 AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER an: pn C nk ~ing, ~26os ~hE1 I devic Summer? Catt One Bank. This Bank. ALABAMA EXCHANGe BANK Member FDIC 24 Hour ATM Banking Equal Housing Lender Open Your Christmas Club Account Today.