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Mayoral candidates state their visions
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With the start of early voting less than a week away, the three candidates for McMinnville Mayor spoke Thursday about their vision for the city.

Brett Simmons, Billy Wood and Ryle Chastain addressed members of the Rotary Club of McMinnville. The talk is a preview for the Southern Standard/ WCPI political forum set for this Monday night at the Warren County High School auditorium starting at 6 p.m.

Wood has made it the backbone of his campaign to stop the spending. He said that doesn’t mean he’s against the Parks and Recreation Department, but projects like Civic Center expansion need to be kept in line without so many change orders.

“I’d love to be your mayor, but not at the expense of this campaign getting ugly or personal,” said Wood.

Simmons outlined his five-point leadership and vision plan for the city. He said the plan includes reopening all aspects of city government, making better use of the Park Theater, and finding a use for the Blue Building property.

“A vote for me is a vote for the conservative way forward,” said Simmons.

Chastain pointed to the city’s accomplishments during his six years on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, which includes two years as vice mayor. He said the completion of the Park Theater and the addition of a dog park and skate park are just a few of the assets which have been added.

“Just drive around town and look at the developments, commercial and residential, and you’ll see we’re heading in the right direction,” said Chastain.

In addition to the mayoral candidates, the candidates for McMinnville alderman will be in attendance Monday night at the Southern Standard/ WCPI forum, along with the two candidates for the open Warren County Commission seat in District 5.

Early voting begins Wednesday, Oct. 14 at Warren County Administrative Offices.