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Two running for Midway mayor's seat

POSTED: October 15, 2017 5:00 a.m.

After serving two terms, Midway Mayor Dr. Clementine Washington can’t run for the same seat again.
Two candidates are seeking to replace her in the municipal election.
Early voting in a race between incumbent city councilman Levern Clancy and newcomer Neal Eric Jones Sr. starts Monday. Election day is Nov. 7.
Profiles on candidates for Midway city council start on page 3. Here are profiles of the candidates for mayor:

Levern Clancy
Levern Clancy, 52, is a Midway native and a commercial truck driver. He graduated from Bradwell Institute, is married with three children and has two grandchildren.
Clancy is currently a Midway councilmember and believes his years in local government qualify him to be mayor.
“Because of that experience I feel that I can make some positive changes that will be beneficial to the city,” Clancy said.
If elected Clancy wants to start a youth center, to renovate the current fire department, to increase the number of volunteer firefighters and to renew or upgrade franchise fees to generate more revenue in the city.
He hopes to attract businesses to the area by “showcasing the city of Midway.”
“I want people to know that I am a lifelong resident of Midway,” Clancy said. “I love the city and I will do all that I possibly can to make Midway an even better place to live with the help of my constituents.”

Neal Eric Jones Sr.
Neal Eric Jones Sr., 55, will face Clancy for the mayoral seat.
He is from the Freedman Grove community and is a semi-retired construction worker. He attended Bradwell Institute, is married and has four sons.
Jones said he’s running because he wants to change how business is attracted to the area. He wants the city to be more “business-minded” and welcoming to potential developers.
Jones wants to address the relationship between the Midway Police Department and citizens. He hopes to change the relationship and ensure police do not fear citizens and vice versa.
He believes he can be the next mayor because he’s “always tried to be a voice for the voiceless.”
“I have always challenged our community leaders to be accountable,” Jones said. “I have championed causes that would benefit all and not some. I believe we can be a better city when we have more revenue coming into the city, but we have to be more frugal when it comes to the revenues we do collect. It’s time out for backward thinking, it’s time for thinking ahead.”

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