Tuesday, May 3, 2011 — An Important Day for Huntington

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 is an important day for the future of our city.   In our democratic society, every person has the right to vote and more than ever — this year, every vote matters.  The polls are open from 6 AM to 6 PM on Tuesday — take the time to vote.   If you need a ride to the polls or know of a friend who needs transportation, you can call 260.358.0757. 

This morning the Herald Press published a very informative section on all the candidates.  Each candidate for mayor was given the opportunity to share a brief profile of his background, his interest in running for the office of mayor and as well, his personal message to the voters leading up to May 3rd.  Below are my comments:

Question #1:  Please provide a brief biography of yourself.  

For the past 13 years I have had the privilege of serving Huntington as the general manager/funeral director of Myers Funeral Homes.  I am a 1977 graduate of Huntington North High School.  In 1981, I received a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Huntington University and in 1987 earned my Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Huntington University.   For the past 30 years I have been married to Barbara (Deemer) and together we have three daughters, Lauren Davis, Melissa Wolfe and Jillian Fetters, and as of April 19th a granddaughter, Nora Mae Davis.  I am an avid bicyclist, riding over 3,000 miles each year.  My hobbies include restoring older homes and old Ford Mustangs.  I am a member of the Huntington Rotary Club, College Park Church, Pathfinder Services Board of Directors, United Way of Huntington County, and serve as the 2nd District City Councilman.

Question #2:  What do you feel is the most important issue facing the office for which you are running?

At this critical time in Huntington’s history, we need a mayor who is a positive, responsive and focused leader.  We need a mayor who understands how to listen and how to bring people together to apply creative solutions to the challenges we face as a community.   Our next mayor needs to be an articulate ambassador of good will for our city, not only to those outside of Huntington, but as well to every citizen that is proud to call Huntington home.  Perhaps most importantly, we need a mayor who understands how to run a business and can bring that experience to the financial challenges of public service.  We need a mayor who inspires us to be the best version of Huntington we can be.

Question #3:  What are your qualifications for this position and why do you feel you are the best candidate for this position?  

My entire adult life has been invested in the work of serving others and doing my part to improve organizations and communities where I live and work.  While in college, I had the chance to serve in the Huntington City Engineer’s office for the Smith and Robbins administrations.  There I experienced firsthand how service-oriented people can make a difference for good in a community.  I have received a great education, earning both a bachelors and masters degree.  I have experienced a broad array of opportunities to give directional leadership to not-for-profit organizations, as well as for-profit businesses.  I personally understand how to deal with the challenges of making a budget work, keeping customers satisfied, leading a staff, and finding creative solutions.

Question #4:  What are your goals in office if you are elected to the position? 

As mayor, I will be an active and responsible team player in the efforts to attract and retain livable wage jobs for the citizens of Huntington.  Economic growth in the form of jobs that can support a family is the backbone of a strong, vibrant, attractive community. 

As mayor, I will ensure that the city operates within its means.  More than ever, we need a leader who executes direct control over the city’s budget and ensures that our tax dollars are spent wisely for the benefit of all citizens.  There are many ways to deliver essential city services more efficiently. 

I am committed to lead the effort toward becoming the best version of Huntington ever – the best place to work, play and enjoy living.

On Tuesday, May 3rd — Let’s Move Huntington Forward!           

Vote Brooks Fetters for Mayor!

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