City of Bastrop prepares for runoff election showdown

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Two competitors, fighting for a city, close in on the finish line.
 
Betty Alford-Olive and Henry Cotton are the last two candidates standing and will face each other in a run-off election for the keys to the city of Bastrop.
 
Current mayor, Arthur Jones, will be leaving office after serving one term. 
 
He says he respects the decision of the people.
 
 
“The people spoke they voted me in i was happy they voted me out it’s their wishes so no problem,” Jones said.
 
Although he isn’t in the race,  he had some advice for whoever takes office this summer.
 
“It’s not an educational job  it’s public service you’re there to just carry out the wishes of the people.”
 
The city of Bastrop finds itself in the middle of a rivalry between good friends. 
 
Olive and Cotton were  both raised in the Morehouse Parish.
 
Both have similar views, but a different strategy when addressing the concerns of the people. 
 
“As i listen to the messages, conversations with citizens economic development is a top priority,” Oliver said.
 
“Jobs [and] recruiting industry so that is my top priority.”
 
Cotton on the other hand is using education as his campaign’s platform.
 
 “In Bastrop our schools are failing, our system has failed our district has failed [and] more and more kids are leaving the Bastrop schools,” Cotton said.
 
He is confident that no matter who wins the future of Bastrop is bright.
 
“When this election’s over we’re going to close ranks we’re going to show what a community really should be.”
 
The run-off election date is set for April 29, 2017.
 

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