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Page 2, The Tuskegee News, September 12, 1996 Election ..... (From Page A-l) first voting. "Politically speaking, I think it's impossible to come back from the deficit he (Ford) has," stated Williams. "The campaign has been real positive. There remains high inter- est and enthusiasm. I plan to remain positive and work twice as hard as I have been for the runoff." Williams doesn't forsee a dropoff in the runoff from the 3,339 voters who went to the polls Aug. 27. In fact, he believes more will vote. "I think this community will be surprised at the number of vot- ers who will go to the polls on the 17th," he commented. City Clerk Hattie King, who will not be in town for the runoff because she is Alabama's representative for the 'Ms. Senior America' Pageant that week in Biloxi, Miss., said there had been at least 600 new registered voters since the runoff as of Wednesday, putting Tuskegee's registered voters around 8,200. Ford said he has been working "very, very hard." "I'm confident we can still win this election. It's not the first time I've been behind going into a runoff (1972 was the only other time)," he pointed out. "I think it boils down to the two of us. I hope people will compare our platforms and my progress with what he proposes. The future of city is at stake." Ford said that his mention of Williams character may be consid- ered mudslinging by some, but he just considers it the facts. "I think voters should know all about the candidates. I've been tried and tested and have no criminal record. I think all candi- dates should have to stand up to that litmus test," Ford stressed. "I particularly appeal to the hometown Tuskegee people who knew what the town was like before I became mayor. Many of the RoNALD D' Ronald D. Williams August 27, 1996 Ronald D, Williams: 1, 618votes,,, Johnny Ford: 864 votes THANKS TO YOU II I We only needed 43 additional votes to WIN without a (God works in mysterious ways) but He did not get us this close to leave us. runoff... "WE WILL DO WHAT WE WE ALL KNOW NEEDS TO BE DONE" As we believe in God, I truly believe: September 17, 1996 ,,,WE WILL BE BACK,,, EN MASSE I I (Pd. Political Advertisement by Ronald D. Williams, 1209 Lakeshore Dr., Tuskegee, AL 36083) younger people don't realize the progress Tuske since I've been mayor. "I've worked hard at my job and have been out day when it was needed. I think the voters should COUNCIL, PLACE 2--Jess Colson and Ludie Hall and Colson have spent their time making a lot contact and speaking to a variety of groups. Both agree that the campaign is going well with didates remaining in the races. Colson did throw Williams in the mayor's race without asked race. COUNCIL, PLACE 4--Freddie L. Washington Maxwell It wasn't until the final day of qualifying ed to enter the race for Maxwell's seat. "I just decided to get involved because I think it change," said Washington, an administrator with Montgomery. "The individual is now the issue. I think the lenger who can make a change against an is a very important time for Tuskegee to make those Washington agrees that the mayor race is one also believes that people are very interested in the! between him and Maxwell. "I think the people see it as more than just a tion. There is an opportunity for change," he said. Maxwell is confident he can muster the votes for after serving as council president. He admits that critical of some expenditures in his role as Macon County Water Authority hurt him in the believes release of the audit at the time was He added that there has been reimbursement misused in the audit. "I think the people of Tuskegee have been Maxwell who has been in office since 1982. "I feel runoff, although it's the first one I've been in. I even as president of the council in a role where I ly meetings. But the council has been reluctant to decisions. I think with some of the changes can do that." COUNCIL, PLACE 5--Lateefah Muhammad Rackley "I've been encouraged in taking my campaign to lectively and individually," Racldey commented. of people talking about collaboration and get some things done. I find that encouraging." Key issues that Rackley focused on include police and fire departments, recreation and fiscal "Those are the same issues that the people are think we're on target," Racldey said. "I think the a message from the citizens that they are not willing politics as usual." As for his qualifications, Rackley said his him from his opponent, citing his jobbed health care field for 25 years and Cleal~g recreation as a coach and a volunteer in other areas 15 years. Muhammad, a local attorney, said her legal a positive force on the council and of her legal expertise. Muhammad says some voters think of her as an "I changed my name 17 years ago when I adopted faith," she said. "But I grew up in Tuskegee as Patton. A lot of people are finally associating me grew up with." Muhammad sees a trend for more women in 'Tee already have one woman (Mac Doris Williams) cil. I think having another woman on the council will balance." The Tuskegee News is accepting applications for Advertising Sales Pos: Apply in person at 120 Street, on the square in town Tuskegee. Office Hours 8 AM - 5 Monday- Friday An Equal Opportunity Employer Individual Wanted To With Community Public Relations Salary, Fringes, Bonus- Call Mr. Carr Monday September 1 9:30 AM - 3 PM (334) 727-3020