Cedartown can­di­dates square off at fo­rum

Cen­tral themes in­clude: Grow small busi­ness, ex­pand au­di­to­rium use, re­duce blight

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By KEVIN MYRICK Editor

Can­di­dates for Cedartown City Com­mis­sion found them­selves agree­ing on most points dur­ing Tues­day’s po­lit­i­cal fo­rum ahead of the Novem­ber elec­tion.

The four fac­ing each other on the bal­lot this year – Com­mis­sion chair Dale Tuck, An­drew Carter, David Jame­son, and Pa­trick McNally all found them­selves agree­ing on main points of in­ter­est to lo­cal vot­ers: eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, con­tin­u­ing a pro­gram of in­cen­tives for small busi­ness growth, and bet­ter uti­liza­tion of the city’s au­di­to­rium.

The last 90 days of cam­paign­ing ahead of the elec­tion be­gan with brief open­ing state­ments and a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion be­tween the can­di­dates and the small au­di­ence that at­tended the fo­rum. Those ques­tions started with how each can­di­date pro­posed to help small busi­nesses es­tab­lish them­selves within the city lim­its, with an em­pha­sis on the down­town area.

Carter, who opened the ses­sion, said he felt it was first and fore­most im­por­tant to “open an ear to the small busi­nesses,” with Jame­son agree­ing and adding his own thoughts on want­ing to pro­vide fund­ing for façade up­dates on many of the build­ings.

McNally, on the other hand, charged that the city hasn’t been do­ing enough, and among many things pro­posed that the

Cedartown High School spent last week cel­e­brat­ing Bull­dog pride and topped it all off by crown­ing a new home­com­ing queen on Fri­day night.

Se­nior Areli Cer­vantes took the top hon­ors on Fri­day night ahead of first run­ner up Kier­sten Pace and sec­ond run­ner up Bren Lewis.

The daugh­ter of Olga and Froy­lan Cer­vantes, Areli is a mem­ber of Stu­dents Against De­struc­tive De­ci­sions and the Public Safety skills team in Skills USA.

She said her main goal in life is two-fold: work in foren­sics and in cos­me­tol­ogy.

“It in­ter­ests me how one can solve a msytery with science and facts, and I would one day like to solve many cases and help fam­i­lies of loved ones find peace,” she said. “I al­ways wanted to study cos­me­tol­ogy be­cause I’ve al­ways had a love for makeup, hair and nails. It amazes me how much con­fi­dence one can have with sim­ple beauty.”

Cer­vantes ul­ti­mate goal is to grad­u­ate from Ge­or­gia State Univer­sity, and with her de­gree in foren­sics “move to a large city like New York and be suc­cess­ful in my life.”

She said she wanted to work foren­sics by day, and cos­me­tol­ogy in the off hours.

“Later on in life, hope­fully I’ll set­tle down and get mar­ried.”

In the mean­time, she’ll be rep- re­sent­ing the home­com­ing court of 2015 as the queen. And what was her fa­vorite mo­ment of the week?

“For sure the home­com­ing pep rally!” she said.

Cer­vantes rep­re­sents a court of 19 stu­dents from fresh­men to se­nior level.

The court this year in­cluded Gab­bie Ramos, Kaily Matthews and Cal­lie McDon­ald from the se­nior class; ju­niors Vic­to­ria Fra­zier, Pay­gon McEl­wee, Sky­lar Rogers and Ava Till­mann.

Sopho­mores in­cldued Han­nah March­banks, Yo­vanka Pineda, Ka­t­rina Harris and Chloe Lee. The Fresh­man court was made up of Ariana Es­cu­tia, Evie Black­mon, Emily Matthews, Kendall Lee and Kennedy Bar­nett.

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