Chipley- Most Panhandle voters have had their eyes set on the primary election on August 14. But, voters in Chipley can head to the polls one week early.
Chipley will hold their city council election August 7. Three people are running for the at-large council seat. News Channel 7 caught up with the candidates Monday.
For months they have been posting signs and knocking on doors, all to tell the citizens of Chipley why they'd be the right council member for the job. Ellis Reed, Roger Sloan, and Bret Brown all said they were ready tackle the task. And each appear to bring different elements to the position.
"I worked with the community development block grant program, also the code enforcement board at one time, and I served on task force boards" Reed told us.
Others sited prior experience with the council as the reason they'd succeed a second time. "I've been down here two years and the people here in this city see what I will do. You know, it's like I said, two cent or $20 Million, it doesn't sway me on my decisions" said Sloan.
Brown, a first time runner, said his strong community involvement and fresh perspectives are what he'd bring to the group. "I'm very focused on team work and having the city's best interest in mind."
Each candidate also said they had their own set of goals they'd want to accomplish if elected.
Focusing on community growth and development, Reed explained, "We have a great responsibility in Chipley as far as trying to get jobs to the area."
Sloan told us, "we are one of the highest taxed cities of 412 in Florida. I want to see this money put to use somewhere."
And Brown said he would center his goals around the question, "how can we better our city with local tourism, bringing businesses in and keeping taxes low?"
Any candidate who receives more than 50% of the vote will automatically win. Otherwise, the top two candidates will advance to a run-off in two weeks. The polls will open Tuesday at Chipley City Hall from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.