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Lake City council foes state qualifications
by Bill Baldowski
October 16, 2013 01:02 PM | 3171 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There are three candidates for the two at-large positions on the Lake City City Council in the Nov. 5 election.

The candidates are, in alphabetical order, the lone challenger, Bobbie G. Hamilton, and incumbents Yvonne Kelly and John Sowell.

Hamilton, 62, has been a city resident for 19 years and is retired after 36 years as a credit and warehouse supervisor.

Kelley, who has been on the council for eight years, is 75 and has been a resident since 1972. She is a retired management analyst with the federal government. Sowell, 85, has been on the city council for 20 years and has been a city resident for 49 years. He is retired from the Ford Motor Company.

The candidates were asked why they should be considered as the best choice for the available council positions.

Hamilton: “Although I have never held elected public office before, I am the best candidate because I am a professional, goal-oriented woman who believes in development and educational training for all citizens,” she said.

Hamilton said she can effectively support the residential and business community by using communications and teamwork and developing positive change with continued growth, unity and a spirit of excellence.

Kelley: “Keeping the interest of our citizens first and foremost on the council will continue to be my priority,” she said, adding that her working experience has given her in-depth and technical expertise in state, federal and city government.

She added she has always conducted her professional life with honesty, integrity, dependability and with high ethical standards.

Sowell: “While on council, I have helped bring about a host of new buildings and other improvements in our city, such as our new community center, community park and our new maintenance building plus a host of other improvements,” he said.

Sowell said progress in the city is his continuing goal and believes he has done a good job representing Lake City constituents.

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