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6/6/05-Longview

Jay Dean Is Hoping Voters See Things His Way

In just 5 days, the city of Longview will have a new mayor. Last month, 7 candidates were whittled down to 2 in a runoff to Dr. Andy Mack and Jay Dean.

This week, we'll hear from both candidates about their goals as mayor. Monday night we spoke with Jay Dean, who explained the top 3 issues he plans to tackle if elected.

In May's election, only 22 votes separated Dean and Mack. They've spent the last several weeks explaining to voters just how different they are. Monday Jay Dean laid out his plan for Longview, starting with a change in how council members conduct business during meetings.

"I'm going to ask the council members, instead of having a council comments, to come prepared to report on the issues that they will serve as liaison on," says Dean.

The second biggest issue facing Longview, according to Dean, is property taxes. He plans to protect our property tax rate. "At present our revenues are coming in above the projections that we had in the financial plan so I'll look at some opportunities to do some real good things in terms of lowering our property tax."

If elected mayor, Jay Dean says he wants to help Longview businesses grow and add more jobs. "I'll work with our local schools with LEDCO, the Partnership, etc to help develop the kind of skills that our local industry needs in order to get some of our people back to working with some really good high paying jobs."

Dean spent 7 years on the city council before running for mayor. He says that experience and his leadership style make him perfect for the job. "If the community is looking for a mayor that's going to be approachable and even tempered, I believe I'm the right candidate for the job.

Early voting for the mayor's run-off race ends Tuesday. Election day is this Saturday, June 11th.

Later this week, we'll speak with Dr. Andy Mack about his plans if elected mayor of Longview.

Amy Tatum, reporting. atatum@kltv.com

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