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Municipal elections set for Aug. 25

This year’s mayoral election is less than a week away and local candidates are preparing for a close race.

In Fort Deposit, City Council Member Irish Simmons is running against Jacqulyn Boone.

Irish Simmons has been on the council for 21 years and was raised and educated in Butler County.

If elected, Simmons wants to get the community involved within the council’s decision making process, bring businesses near Fort Deposit’s interstate and stress the importance of the town’s taxes to benefit the city.

Efforts to reach Jacqulyn Boone were unsuccessful.

In Hayneville, Katina James, Jimmie Davis and Connie Tyson-Johnson are vying for mayor.

Katina James is the owner of First Years Child Development Center, which has been in the community for 19 years, and educates children to be future leaders.

If elected, James plans to advocate to improve infrastructure, update sewer pipes and drainage, fight for resources to build a community center for youth and proper housing, bring more businesses to the community and work with the city council and county commissioners to address the needs in their districts.

Lifelong Hayneville resident and Davis Auto Repair Owner Jimmie Davis’s first plan of action is to fund a new sewage system in Hayneville.

If elected, Davis plans to be transparent with the residents of Hayneville to address their needs and concerns, bring businesses to Hayneville and keep tax increases to a minimum.

Efforts to reach Connie Tyson-Johnson were unsuccessful.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 25.