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Cloud and Douglas will both seek reelection this fall

Two veteran Cairo city councilmen announced Monday night they have decided to seek reelection this fall.
District 2 Councilman Ernest Cloud, who has served on the council since January 1985, and District 4 Councilman James H. (Jimmy) Douglas, who has served since January 2006, both discussed their plans Monday following the regular meeting of the mayor and council.
“We have a good group of councilmen and I would like to continue working  together to get things accomplished,” Councilman Cloud said.
“There are some projects I would like to see completed, like the new police station, so I decided to run again,” Councilman Douglas said.
In addition to the new police headquarters, Cloud said there are some infrastructure needs he would like to see addressed before he steps down from the council.
Douglas, who chairs the council’s finance committee, said over the next four years, if re-elected, he would continue to work to make sure the “city stayed on track and remained fiscally responsible and healthy.”
Cloud said he would like to be involved as the city transitions from operating its own solid waste system and landfill to a privately managed entity.
Qualifying for the two council seats, as well as mayor, begins on Aug. 21, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 25.
The qualifying fee for councilman is $219.60 and $244.80 for mayor.
The only other candidate to announce plans to run for office in this year’s municipal election is Booker Terry Gainor IV, who announced earlier this year he plans to run for mayor of Cairo.
Incumbent Mayor Bobby Burns previously announced he would not seek another term and is retiring from public service.

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