Sig­man throws in hat for City Coun­cil race

Can­di­date puts aside may­oral am­bi­tions

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Rachel Oswald

For­mer Cov­ing­ton coun­cil mem­ber Bobby Sig­man has an­nounced that he will run for Coun­cil­man Mike What­ley’s seat in the Novem­ber mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions.

Sig­man pre­vi­ously served on the city coun­cil from 1994 to 1998. Af­ter run­ning and win­ning a sec­ond term on the coun­cil, Sig­man left his seat to run for mayor in 1998 af­ter Cov­ing­ton Mayor Al­lene Bur­ton un­ex­pect­edly re­signed at the end of 1997. Sig­man lost the race for mayor to his fel­low coun­cil­man Sam Ram­sey who won 54 per­cent of the vote. Sig­man ran un­suc­cess­fully twice more against Ram­sey for the post of mayor.

Sig­man said he was run­ning for What­ley’s seat be­cause he feels he can be more pro­duc­tive on the coun­cil.

“I feel like I was very pro­duc­tive last time,” Sig­man said. “I just en­joyed it. So I’d like to go back and try it again.”

Sig­man said his cam­paign plat­form would be the same as it was in pre­vi­ous races.

“I am a very con­ser­va­tive can­di­date,” Sig­man said. “I’ve al­ways watched where the tax dol­lar was be­ing spent and how it was be­ing spent. I don’t be­lieve in high-top bu­reau­crats run­ning the gov­ern­ment.”

Ad­di­tion­ally Sig­man said if elected he would be avail­able 24-hours a day to lis­ten to the con­cerns of cit­i­zens.

“I an­swer to the peo­ple and I’ve al­ways rep­re­sented the peo­ple,” Sig­man said.

Sig­man pre­vi­ously rep­re­sented New­ton County in the Ge­or­gia Gen­eral As­sem­bly as a state rep­re­sen­ta­tive from 19751977. A real-es­tate bro­ker since 1970, he owns his own real-es­tate com­pany, Sig­man Land In­vest­ment Com­pany.

Sig­man and his wife Pamela have two chil­dren and two grand­chil­dren.

Qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the non­par­ti­san mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions of Cov­ing­ton, Ox­ford, Por­terdale and Mansfield be­gins Aug. 27 and ends Aug. 31.


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