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4/27/05-Longview

Rushton Runs For Longview Mayor

A plastics plant supervisor hopes to be the next mayor of Longview. 25-year-old Kip Rushton admits he's a long-shot, but he has strong reasons for entering what he feels is a crucial race for mayor of Longview, and what he wants to do if elected.

"Change the city council, get it back together try to do my best to get it back to normal, quit being an embarrassment to this town," he says.

With no political experience, Rushton hopes to draw on his work experience as a plastics plant supervisor. If nothing else, he has a simple goal for the election.

"I just hope to get more people involved, hope more people my age will vote, people aren't getting involved enough in politics and we have serious issues," Rushton says.

His motivation has been the recent turmoil in city council, and what he views as a disintegration of a city government that has created apathy among voters.

"The government has been a major joke over the last few months and I hope that gets turned around. I've had numerous people tell me they can't believe the way things have gone. I asked them who they voted for and they said they didn't vote. Maybe they'll see someone my age voting, being involved and maybe they will vote," he says.

With no campaign budget, he hopes to garner votes with a "word of mouth" approach.

Early voting continues on weekdays until May 3rd at Longview City Hall from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. You can also vote early Saturday April 30th from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

The regular city-wide election is May 7th.

Bob Hallmark reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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