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Two qualify in Hampton mayoral race
by Mary Cosgrove
January 24, 2013 02:14 PM | 1802 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two Hampton residents have qualified in the special election to fill the unexpired term of Hampton mayor after Raiford Walker “R.W.” Coley, who died in October.

Steve Hutchison, a five-year city council veteran, said the role of a public servant has always suited him. The retired master sergeant with the Air Force currently works as a detention officer for the Henry County Sheriff’s Department.

“I just feel like I’ve always been called to serve the people,” he said.

The 11-year Hampton resident takes pride in his accomplishments as a councilman for the city of Hampton.

One of his last acts as a councilman before resigning to pursue the mayoral position was to reduce the electric rates for residents to 10 cents per kilowatt hour.

“It’s going to save homes and businesses anywhere between 12 to 15 percent on their electricity bill,” Hutchison said.

He was also responsible for setting up a twice yearly recycling program in Hampton.

One of Hutchison’s main goals, if elected, is to bring a senior center to Hampton.

But he wants to focus on the youth in Hampton, as well, particularly in the form of developing youth athletic programs.

As far as growth in the city, he said he’d like to see more downtown development, but also bring a chain grocery store, such as Ingles or Publix, to the city.

Chris Moore, a lifelong resident of Henry County, moved his family and business to Hampton four years ago.

He said he wants to follow in Coley’s footsteps as an ambassador for and proponent of the city, its businesses and residents.

“I know my business greatly benefited from the influence of the mayor,” he said. “He told everyone about me, and my business flourished.”

The owner of Mooreart Studios, an art and design company, has also been the Hampton Christmas parade director the past two years, raising the attendance numbers from 1,500 to 5,000 in the first year and 7,000 this past year.

The Navy veteran said he would like to see more programs in Hampton such as the Christmas parade, to get residents involved in creating free, clean fun in the city.

He said he would also like to keep politics clean in the city, as they have been for the past several years.

Moore said he has a personal goal of making sure there are no for sale signs in any commercial buildings in Hampton.

He acknowledges that although this is his first foray into politics, he does not want to be a politician.

“I have no intention of being a politician,” Moore said. “I have every intention of being a public servant. To me, there is a big difference.”

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