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Chastain looks to continue progress as alderman
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Ryle Chastain

The last several years have been an exciting time for the city of McMinnville. These years have seen our community blossom into a desirable tourist destination that currently brings people here from all over the world. They come here for our natural attractions and small-town charm.

In one day in McMinnville a person can float the Barren Fork River, visit our various parks, and see a concert inside of Cumberland Caverns. The last few years have also seen an increase in small business and foot traffic to our beautiful downtown. It has been asked what I have done to deserve reelection. As much as I’d like to take credit for one thing or another, I can’t do that.

The progress we have seen in McMinnville has been due to teamwork, teamwork from the city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen and teamwork between our board and other community organizations. Before my tenure the city board was fractured.

At times it was unable to function due to animosity among its former members. The last four years have seen your current board accomplish many things. These include but are not limited to: Saving our Driver Testing Center, assisting in bringing a Mechatronics facility to McMinnville, maintaining a multi-million dollar surplus without the need to raise taxes, acquiring the means to install both a skate park and dog park.

Despite the progress we have made there is still work to be done. The city still needs upgrades to its facilities and general infrastructure; we need to make a decision regarding the Civic Center and finally address the notion of an indoor swimming facility; we could also consider the third and final phase of the downtown renovation. These things will only be possible through a cohesive, collaborative board that works well together while considering the needs and concerns of its constituents.

I’ve recently been appointed as your vice mayor and am humbly asking you consider continuing to entrust me with the wellbeing of our community. I wish our wonderful town the very best and am asking for your support during early voting and on Nov. 6.