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Riccardo Anderson
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There are four candidates seeking one of five seats on the Hoffman Town Council, which almost assures a win by a write-in candidate. There are two mayoral candidates.


The town boasts 380 registered voters, including 257 Democrats, 43 Republicans and 60 unaffiliated voters.


Voters can cast their ballots at the only precinct in town, located at Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 108 McCoy Drive, Hoffman.


Rory Jones, a candidate for town council, did not respond to requests for a response to the candidate questionnaire.


Riccardo Anderson, council


What do you bring to the table that you believe the council has been lacking?


I think some new ideas are needed in Hoffman — a new playground for the children, more times to have the kids playbasketball, baseball and football. Open up the school house more hours to keep the kids off the streets.


What three major changes would you propose to policies, events or infrastructure?


More time to open the gym, see if we could open the food pantry once a month instead of every three months. Propose new exits on the new highway Route 1.


Provide an example of a time when you demonstrated leadership?


I’ve always been a leader, not a follower. At work I’m a team player. Everybody watches me work and follows my lead.


How do you plan to make sure the taxpayers’ money is spent wisely?


Keep a record of every dollar spent.


Althea Sloan Cobb, council


What do you bring to the table that you believe the council has been lacking?


The council has been basically male. I’m female. I can give a female influence. Besides the mayor, it’s always been male. The mayor is not running again so then the mayor will be male, too.


What three major changes would you propose to policies, events or infrastructure?


Work needs to be done on highways in the community. Also, elder people have said they need stuff done at their homes, driveway help, stuff like that, that I could try to propose to get some help with.”


Provide an example of a time when you demonstrated leadership?


I’m very active in my church. I’m my pastor’s right hand. I’m a community-oriented person. I received Woman of the year at my church, Pleasant Hill Church in Hoffman.


How do you plan to make sure the taxpayers’ money is spent wisely?


Basically, I have to get in there to see what they have been doing with it. From there, I will see and make sure it is being done to the rules and regulations the way it should be and go from there.


Daniel Kelly, council


What do you bring to the table that you believe the council has been lacking?


I have been on the town board for several years and I have worked with other municipal and other county leaders and officials.


What three major changes would you propose to policies, events or infrastructure?


The town of Hoffman residents approximately 49 or more households have problems with septic tanks. We are working with state and federal agencies to change this.


Provide an example of a time when you demonstrated leadership?


The U.S. Census date was wrong for the town of Hoffman. We contacted them to let them know this date is wrong. They said this information could not be changed in the next 10 years. With the help of other agencies, we did a door-to-door survey and corrected the old data and the new date has been accepted.


How do you plan to make sure the taxpayers’ money is spent wisely?


I will work with the mayor, council members, finance officer, town clerk and others during the budget process and present a balanced budget that will reflect the needs of the town.


Lee P. Butler, mayor


What do you bring to the table that you believe the council has been lacking?


As I’m very respective of all that we as a town council have been able to accomplish and strived to achieve, we’ve never lost focus or been lacking in opportunities. I want to continue that progress through strong guidance, professionalism and a desire to make more connections with the leadership in Richmond County to help us advance our goals for the families in Hoffman.


What three major changes would you propose to policies, events or infrastructure?


Better promotion of the town of Hoffman, continue to work towards gains in infrastructure including the possibility of sidewalks with sewer collection and policies that let folks know investment in business in our community is embraced.


Provide an example of a time when you demonstrated leadership?


When I worked directlyl with the Army Corps of Engineers and met with the local contingent of the military to fix a town road they had damaged while doing construction work at the camp.


How do you plan to make sure the taxpayers’ money is spent wisely?


By questioning every facet of a proposal brought before the town council and verify the necessity of the expenditure for the action so the council members have another point of view to consider before finalizing the motion.


Tommy Hart, mayor


What do you bring to the table that you believe the council has been lacking?


I will bring to the table leadership and will be open to hear the citizens. I’ll be open to suggestion and needs of the citizens of Hoffman. I will attend meetings and different functions to help the city of Hoffman in the best light.


What three major changes would you propose to policies, events or infrastructure?


As the mayor, I will work with the councils on policies, events and infrastructure. Infrastructure is needed in the community and I will work along with the council’s.


Provide an example of a time when you demonstrated leadership?


I demonstrated leadership when the town Census was showing the average family income was more than what they were making. I went door-to-door with others, helping to get the correct answers. That can help the town in the future.


How do you plan to make sure the taxpayers’ money is spent wisely?


I will make sure taxpayers’ money is spent wisely by doing a budget every year and work by that budget. Keeping track of expenses and income. I will be looking at each department spending.


 
 
 
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