Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brunswick City Commission Race Widens; Both the North and South Wards Have More Than One Candidate

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brunswick City Commission Race Widens; Both the North and South Wards Have More Than One Candidate

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Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS

BRUNSWICK - The two incumbents on the Brunswick City Commission have opposition in their re-election bids.

In the North Ward, Jonathan Williams is challenged by Dwight Carter and Michael Johnson.

In the South Ward, Mark Spaulding is challenged by Otis Herrington.

The winners of the non-partisan races will be seated for four-year terms. With three candidates in the North Ward race, the outcome may not be known Tuesday night. If a runoff is necessary, it will be held Dec. 4.

Here is a closer look at each candidate.

NORTH WARD

DWIGHT CARTER

AGE: 57

OCCUPATION: Retired from Southern Co.; self-employed property manager

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in business administration

FAMILY: Married, three children, three grandchildren

TOP THREE ISSUES:

- Improve public safety, health and emergency response by finding the cause of the increase in violent crimes and enacting policies to prevent it.

- Require ethical and businesslike conduct from all government employees.

- Improve customer service in all city departments by requiring timely responses to phone inquiries.

MICHAEL JOHNSON

AGE: 40

OCCUPATION: Camden County deputy sheriff

EDUCATION: High school

FAMILY: Married, three children, two grandchildren

TOP THREE ISSUES:

- Address the city's rising crime rate by studying police recruitment policies, providing better officer training, and supporting ordinances - such as the curfew and saggy pants initiatives - which clean up the streets and help prevent crimes.

- Secure urban development grants to create more affordable housing for young adults living with their families and elderly people on fixed incomes.

- Oppose Glynn County's I Street jail project, which he says abuses the government's powers of eminent domain and removes more private property from city tax roles.

JONATHAN WILLIAMS (INCUMBENT)

AGE: 73

OCCUPATION: Retired Glynn County teacher and coach

EDUCATION: Master's degree in health and physical education

FAMILY: Married, two children, six grandchildren

TOP THREE ISSUES:

- Move forward with the city's planned Liberty Harbor Park - including a small marina for citizens to launch boats - by finding additional funds beyond the existing state grant. …

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