Thornton to seek another term
Incumbent District One Cairo City Councilman Lannis Thornton said Monday night he will qualify next week for a fourth term on the city council.
Qualifying opens at 8:30 a.m. Monday and will conclude at 4:30 p.m. next Friday, Sept. 4.
Thornton says that the city has accomplished many of the projects he supported over the past 12 years, but there is still work to do.
“We’ve gotten a lot done with regards to drainage issues and paving in my district. We have a good group of councilmen to work with and working together we get things done,” Thornton said.
The District One councilman said work should begin later this year on the resurfacing of M.L. King Jr. Ave. S.W., which is a project he has strongly pushed.
“I want to see Fourth Street N.W. paved as well, but other than that we’ve been fortunate to get the really bad streets resurfaced in my district,” Thornton said.
One of the projects Councilman Thornton is particularly proud of is the Sixth Avenue N.W. project that included the raising of the road bed and installation of new pipes to provide for access to the “Hot Bed” section of Cairo in the event of heavy rain events. Previously, that section of northwest Cairo was cut off by flooding which prevented residents from being able to leave or for emergency services personnel to enter the neighborhood.
The incumbent city councilman said he is thankful for the service of Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton and the city employees.
“I believe we are making good progress. We’ve accomplished a lot over the last several years and I want to continue working to make our community even better,” Thornton said.
Thornton says he is always open to comments, suggestions and concerns of city residents. He encourages them to contact him if he can be of service to them or assist them in any way.
Councilman Thornton is employed by Koyo Bearings.
He and his wife Carolyn have seven grown children, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.