FULTON: McDonald tries to unseat Walker

FULTON – Incumbent Mayor Paul Walker and challenger James McDonald will meet in Tuesday’s runoff with the town’s top job on the line.
Walker, with 46 percent, and McDonald, with 24 percent, were the top vote-getters in the May 5 primary.
With no Republican or independent on the general election ballot, Tuesday’s winner will claim the mayor’s job.
McDonald, 69, served on the Board of Aldermen for eight years and is an active member and former president of Itawamba County Habitat for Humanity and the City Park Commission. He says he’s running because he loves the community.
“Fulton is a great place to live, work and enjoy quality of life,” he said. “For our hometown to continue to be its best, we, as citizens, have a responsibility to make a difference.”
McDonald said two of his priorities would be to “hold the line on expenses” and promote stable neighborhoods.
Walker, 51, has served as Fulton’s mayor since 2001. Before that, he served four years as the city’s vice mayor. He believes the city has moved forward since his election and hopes to continue that progress.
“We need to keep using our resources wisely and expand our services to our people,” Walker said.
He said the city should “spend money wisely” on city services without raising taxes.
Walker said, if re-elected, he plans to focus his efforts on the city’s infrastructure, economic and industrial development, and park and recreation.

Itawamba County Times

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