November 5, 2013
With the highest amount of votes at 384 , councilman Joe Downs III was re-elected into his fourth term on West Point City Council, while Steve Tramell and Councilwoman Gloria Ramsey Marshall both tied with 329, allowing them to fill the three at-large council seats that seven candidates were seeking to fill.
“This is the most candidates we’ve ever had,” said Downs. “We’re going to have a great council year with these people.”
Downs plans to work on improving the West Point budget and hopes to find money for both (Hawkes and Bradshaw) libraries. He also hopes to fix accommodate better downtown parking.
“The parking situation downtown is backed up,” he said. “It’s a good problem to have. It means the city is growing but, we’ve got to work on it and I’m ready to get to it.”
Tramell, of the West Point Development Authority, said he enjoyed his first time running in this year’s council race.
“I’m really satisfied and I’m happy to have done as well as I did,” said Tramell. “I’m looking forward to serving the city. The best part was getting to know people in town. I really enjoyed knocking on doors and meeting people. It was touching sometimes to see how sweet the people were.”
He hopes to help the city grow and bring in suppliers and businesses to West Point.
Marshall is thankful to the citizens of West Point for re-electing her to a second term.
She also plans to work on growth of the city and focus on affordable housing and getting West Point seniors and youth involved in services already available.
She congratulated all of the other candidates for a “job well -done in the race.”
Placing fourth in the race with 284 votes, Thyran Heard said he will continue to be active in the community.
“I will continue to be a mentor to the boys in this community,” he said. “I will continue campaigning for the city to grow. I will support the council 100 percent. If they need anything for me to do as a citizen in West Point, I will back them and do the work. “
Candidate Harry Hudson, with 193 votes, plans to run again in the future and hopes that the current council members will work hard for the growth of West Point, something he said he based his campaign on.
Sejuana Scroggins, with 199 votes, congratulated the winners and hopes that they will allow citizen interaction with the city.
“Being that I will continue to be a citizen of West Point, I would hope that we can develop a better relationship and that the candidates, too, agree that the citizens need to have more input in what’s going on in the city. And when the citizens speak I hope they will listen.”
Candidate Willie McCarden received 66 votes and could not be reached for comment.