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5/11/2008-Tyler

Tyler Mayor-Elect, City Council Say They'll Work Together

For the first time in history, the City of Tyler will soon have a female mayor. 

Barbara Bass won the election held Saturday with a little more than 60% of the votes. It was a contested race with three candidates.  One of the others, Laura Corbett, had an unprecedented five of six Tyler city council members' support.

Bass' signs are still up all across town, but they'll soon be coming down.  The newly elected Barbara Bass spoke to KLTV 7 News about her chance to lead Tyler.

"I'm excited about the time in history where we are right now in Tyler, about the future and the possibilities about what we can become," said Bass.  That, Bass says, is a more attractive place for people to work and live. 

"My focus has been from day one is quality, good paying jobs for Tyler," said Bass.  "It has been on transportation, the street issues that we will always have as a growing city and to help retain our growth as a community."  Bass is going to be leading with a city council that mostly did not support her before the election.  Five of the six city council members, including Charles Alworth, backed candidate Laura Corbett.

"Voters didn't agree, so we'll go on," said Alworth.  "There won't be any divide.  There are seven votes up there and seven people make the decisions, not just one."  Councilman Chris Simons agrees.

"I know she has done a ton of things with the city, and the bottom line is that we are all elected officials...our philosophy is to do for the citizens of Tyler, to try and make it the best it can be," said Simons.  Both Simons and Bass said it's just part of politics and they are now moving forward.

"I think everyone's heart is in the right place, and we will do what's best for our community," said Bass.  "They are there to serve the community, and I am there to serve the community."  This Wednesday will be Joey Seeber's last city council meeting as Mayor.  Bass will be sworn in as Mayor the following week, May 21st.

Danielle Capper, Reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

 

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