Name: Robert “Bob” Seymour.
Occupation: Retired. Served as a plant manager for Conoco and Vista Chemical for 14 years and has 25 years of business management experience.
Civic involvement: Board of Directors for the Aberdeen-South Monroe Chamber of Commerce; Board of Directors Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers Inc., and served as vice president in 1996; treasurer of Ten Men Inc.; Aberdeen Main Street; Rotary Club; and Elkin Theatre Association.
Family: Wife, Kathy, and two sons.
Church: St. Francis Catholic Church.
Name: William “Tizzie” Tisdale.
Occupation: Owner of Tisdale-Lann Memorial in Aberdeen and Nettleton and former senior vice-president and human resources director for American Funeral Assurance Company.
Civic involvement: Executive director of the Aberdeen-South Monroe Chamber of Commerce, 1985 to 1989; mayor of Aberdeen, 1972-1976; president of the Aberdeen-South Monroe Chamber of Commerce for three terms; Rotary Club; Main Street Association; and Elkin Theatre Association.
Family: Wife Mary, and one daughter and one son.
Church: First Baptist Church.
MAYOR OF ABERDEEN TO BE CHOSEN TUESDAY
By Eileen Bailey
ABERDEEN – Robert “Bob” Seymour and William “Tizzie” Tisdale both believe Aberdeen needs to attract more large industries to the area. But only one will be able to work on that goal as the new mayor.
Seymour, a Republican, and Tisdale, a Democrat, are facing off for Aberdeen’s top administrative seat. It will be the only race on the ballot Tuesday in the city’s general election.
Aldermen were elected during the primary and runoff elections. The new mayor and aldermen will be sworn in after the votes are counted and will adjourn their meeting until Wednesday.
Both mayoral candidates are hoping voters will go to the polls Tuesday. Voter turnout was low for the primary and runoffs.
Tisdale, 69, said the city’s continued growth is important to support merchants, both downtown and elsewhere in Aberdeen, and existing industries. Tisdale, a former mayor and owner of Tisdale-Lann Memorial, said the area also needs new industries.
“I think we can mesh these two goals together and continue to work with the Main Street merchants and other merchants to create and generate additional business,” he said.
Seymour, a 55-year-old retired executive from Vista Chemical, said he also would like to see more industry moving into Aberdeen.
“We have a high unemployment rate in the county, and we need to get new employers to help with the tax base,” Seymour said.
In addition to new businesses, Seymour said he would like to see new housing developments, which could occur in areas being examined by the city for annexation. Not only would annexation provide space for new housing developments, but it also would provide additional tax revenue, Seymour said.
Both candidates have been going door-to-door, handing out cards and placing political signs during the last few months. They also have been listening to residents’ ideas about what needs to be done in the city.
According to Seymour, residents he has talked to have been concerned about sewer problems, especially during heavy rains. There is a project under way, he said, but “we need to make sure it keeps progressing.”
Tisdale said one of the concerns he has heard deals with traffic on Highway 25. “Residents are concerned about the proposed U.S. Highway 45 bypass,” he said. Their concern is the need for traffic lights to handle the flow of traffic entering and leaving several of the industries in that area.
Each candidate said he brings his own experiences to the position. Tisdale said he has served Aberdeen in a variety of positions, including a term as mayor, three terms as the president of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and several years as the director of the chamber. He said through these jobs he has been able to assist in providing growth and new business to Aberdeen.
Seymour said he would bring to the position of mayor the leadership skills he obtained during his years as a manager and executive for Conoco, which is now known as Vista Chemical. “I have run plants with $18 million budgets and more than 225 employees, both of which are bigger than Aberdeen’s,” he said.