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6/7/05-Longview

Dr. Andy Mack Says He Should Be Longview's Next Mayor

22 votes separated Dr. Andy Mack and Jay Dean during last month's election for mayor of Longview. Neither got enough votes to take the office out-right, so the two will meet again in a run-off this Saturday.

Monday night, we heard from Dean about his plans if he is elected mayor. Tuesday we spoke with Andy Mack, who says he is the best man for the job.

Seven candidates ran for mayor in May. Now down to two, Dr. Andy Mack says his plan for Longview starts with bringing back decorum to the city council and the office of mayor. "First and foremost I'm going to restore dignity and respect back to city government, that's essential and I know I can do that," says Dr. Mack.

The second issue Mack says he will tackle once in office, Longview's economy. He says strict requirements on developers has caused the economy to lag. "My opponent wants to form another task force to evaluate the problem. We already know the problems are there. We need a mayor who will forcibly go in and fix those problems."

Mack also wants to give Longview citizens a tax break. "Our citizens pay way too high a tax rate for what we get in Longview. I feel we need to bring our tax rate down. We would do that by increasing revenues and we can do that by bringing something we've never had before. We would bring in tourist dollars. The tourist dollars will help ease our tax burden."

Mack says the addition of more soccer and baseball fields to Lear Park will bring in the needed tourist dollars to boost Longview's economy.

Dr. Mack grew up in Longview and spent more than seven years on the city council. He says he has the experience to be mayor. "I'm totally committed to this community, 100%. I always have been, and always will be, and I know I'm in this for the right reasons."

The election will be held this Saturday, June 11th. The winner will take over the remainder of Murray Moore's term, which is one year. Moore resigned from office earlier this year.

Amy Tatum, reporting. atatum@kltv.com

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