Two men are vying for the position of Easton mayor this year.

Two men are vying for the position of Easton mayor this year.

The election is Nov. 7.

Incumbent Mayor Phillip Mires is facing former Mayor Bobby O. Watkins.

The two men faced each other in the mayoral race two years ago. That year, no one filed as a candidate, so the race was decided by write-in votes. Mires defeated Watkins by a margin of one write-in vote.

This time around both men filed as candidates.

Five Easton City Council seats also are up for election this year. Only three candidates, Russ Gildner, James A. Brown and Nathaniel Jackson, filed as candidates.

With only three candidates for five open positions, write-in votes will help determine who will fill the remaining positions on the City Council.

 

Candidates for Easton mayor:

 

Phillip Mires

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Bobby O. Watkins

Age: 70

Occupation: Retired; farming with a small cow calf operation

Political experience: Political experience began as Easton City Council member for three years. Upon completion, started an 18-year tenure as mayor of Easton. Since completion of mayoral service has served as a City Council member intermittently for 10 years and currently as Easton City Council president.

 

1. Why are you running for mayor?

 

Mires: I have never paid money to put my name on the ballot, until this year. I only put my name forth after discovering there was only one candidate running for office. I believe the people deserve to, at the very least, have an option on the ballot without having to write in an official.

 

Watkins: I am a long-term resident of Easton with a vested interest in the city. I want people to feel Easton is a safe place and want to live here. An open line of communication is important to keep council members, city employees and residents informed.

 

2. What qualifications or experiences do you feel have prepared you for the position?

 

Mires: Six-plus years of giving my time and effort to keep my home community afloat. I know the job of an elected official is to represent the whole of the community. Strive to spend taxpayers money frugally and efficiently. Do what the majority wants regardless of my own conceptions, but be aware and concerned of legal ramifications, and the community's overall well-being.

 

Watkins: Thirty-plus years as mayor and council member for Easton, as well as eight-plus years as a board member of Easton USD 449. Attained budgeting, contracting and bid experience. In addition, I have an extensive knowledge of the local water and sewage system.

 

3. What do you feel are the most important issues facing the city of Easton?

 

Mires: The city of Easton is faced with the major issue of becoming unincorporated as the population continues to dwindle and costs keep rising. The most sensible solution is to bolster the population and let taxable businesses thrive and grow to allow the community to grow. This can only be done if together as a whole the city's council and mayor can work united.


Watkins: I feel that the safety of the residents of Easton is extremely important. Meeting with local law enforcement and developing a plan to ensure law enforcement is more visible is essential. Informing residents of issues and encouraging community involvement are key issues as well.