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Former Jonesboro Mayor Maddox ponders another mayoral, council campaign
by Bill Baldowski
October 16, 2013 01:26 PM | 2436 views | 0 0 comments | 235 235 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Bill Baldowski.Former Jonesboro Mayor Luther Maddox.
Staff / Bill Baldowski.Former Jonesboro Mayor Luther Maddox.
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Luther Maddox sat just outside the Road to Tara Museum and looked at the approaching traffic on North Main Street.

In this venue dedicated to Jonesboro’s history, the city’s former councilman and mayor contemplated his future as a city leader.

Although next month marks the second anniversary of his disappointing reelection bid as he lost to the current mayor, Joy Day, the 72-year-old Jonesboro native said he is keeping his options open with regard to another mayoral or city council election bid.

“I thought seriously about running for city council this year but decided to wait until the next election,” Maddox said.

“However, I may wake up tomorrow and decide then to run for either mayor or council but, as of yet, I haven’t made that decision.”

Maddox, working in conjunction with a majority of the city council during his administration, championed the development of Jonesboro’s downtown streetscape program using federal stimulus funding.

However, he expressed disappointment in the lack of streetscape progress since his administration.

“When I left office,” Maddox said, “there existed enough funding to finish the streetscape project.”

However, he added, he can see no evidence of further development of the streetscape program since he left office almost two years ago..

“I hope the city gets around to completing the streetscape in the next couple of years,” Maddox said.

“I know it would not have taken this long to finish this project.”

Maddox, who said Jonesboro is “digressing instead of progressing,” said his health has improved in the last couple of years and he is enjoying the extra time with his family and grandchildren.

“When most people get my age, much of their leisure time is spent going to and from the doctor’s office,” he said. “However, I feel good and still see myself as a public servant.”

As such, Maddox wanted Jonesboro residents to know if he can help them in any way, he stands ready to do so, “and I hope they will call on me.”

“I see it this way,” he said. “When I was in office, I was a public servant of the people and that feeling hasn’t changed.”

Although he misses the day-to-day activity as the city’s chief executive, he doesn’t miss what he referred to as the “controversy and conniving” he experienced.

“If you are the mayor, you have got to have a council which will work with you and not be divided,” Maddox said.

He added that during his administration, he had a few council members who didn’t see things as he did.

“Any city government needs a mayor and council members who are working hard, and working together,” to better the quality of life for its residents,” he said.

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