SHANNON – After using his first term as a “learning experience,” Shannon Mayor Ronnie Hallmark said he’s ready to get some things done if he’s re-elected.
Hallmark, a Democrat, will face independent Lee Hersey in the June 2 general election after beating Jimmy Rutherford in the May 5 primaries.
“The first four years as mayor is a good learning experience and feeling-out process,” said Hallmark, a 55-year-old wholesale furniture dealer. “I got some good stuff done, but I had to do a lot of learning on the job. Now I feel like I’m ready to jump right in and really go to work.”
Hallmark said some of his biggest accomplishments he’s made over the past four years were replacing of city equipment, improving the roads and drainage and improving the fire and police departments.
Like Hallmark, the 40-year-old Hersey was raised in Shannon. A self-employed businessman, Hersey said one of his main focuses will be to bring businesses into Shannon.
“I think I can bring an economic change to this town,” said Hersey, who ran against Hallmark four years ago. “I want to bring restaurants, drug stores and a hotel here. We have to go to Tupelo to eat, shop and do everything. Why can’t we bring in businesses so we can get it at home?”
– Danza Johnson, Daily Journal