Martin to chal­lenge What­ley for coun­cil seat

The Covington News - - The second front - Gabriel Khouli gkhouli@cov­news.com

Ron­ald Martin says he wants to bring an­other fis­cally con­ser­va­tive voice to the Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil and will chal­lenge Mike What­ley for the Post 2 East coun­cil seat.

Martin, 67, said spend­ing is out of hand in Cov­ing­ton, par­tic­u­larly given the eco­nomic state.

“We need to run a tight ship. We can’t just spend what­ever we want,” he said.

Martin ap­plauded the city coun­cil’s re­cent ap­proval of an or­di­nance that re­quires the city to have prop­erty ap­praisals done be­fore it buys or sells land. He said he was con­cerned by the city pre­vi­ously au­tho­riz- ing lots in Walker’s Bend to be bought with­out an of­fi­cial ap­praisal.

He also said he’d like to see the coun­cil work to­gether more. He has con­sid­ered run­ning for of­fice in the past, but now that he’s re­tired he feels he has the time to de­vote to the po­si­tion.

“I’m very easy to work with, but if I’m right, I won’t take no for an an­swer,” Martin said. “I want to get things turned around.”

Martin re­tired from Ply­mart Build­ing Sup­ply in June 2008, af­ter 18 years with the com­pany, in­clud­ing the last four as re­gional man­ager. He also served as a mem­ber on the com­pany’s se­nior man­age­ment team, a key de­ci­sion mak­ing group that over­saw the com­pany’s op­er­a­tion and bud­get.

“I’m con­cerned about peo­ple and have al­ways been a per­son that likes to see things done right. I’m very per­sis­tent about things. If it’s not done right, I’ll stay there un­til it is,” he said.

Be­fore work­ing at Ply­mart, he spent 12 years at Wil­liams Brothers as a re­tail con­trac­tor, and also worked in pri­vate res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties. He still owns sev­eral rental prop­er­ties in the county.

Martin was born and raised in New­ton County and at­tended New­ton County High School. He did not grad­u­ate high school, but did take busi­ness classes through Ply­mart and Wil­liams Brothers, he said.

He is a mem­ber of North Cov­ing­ton Methodist Church. He and his wife, Judy Mob­ley Martin, have one daugh­ter, two grand­chil­dren and four great grand­chil­dren.

Martin can be reached by phone at (770) 3169950 or by email at mar­t­inr1943@hot­mail.com.

What­ley an­nounced in June that he will seek a fourth term.

RON­ALD MARTIN CITY COUN­CIL

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