Mount announces bid for re-election

Published 12:32 am Saturday, May 19, 2012

Kennith Mount has announced his plans to seek reelection to the District 2 seat on the Andalusia City Council.

Mount said it has been a pleasure to represent a district comprised of people who care about the city and who are willing to work to make it a better place.

“The people of District 2 and other citizens of Andalusia have worked hard to make our city what it is today,” he said. “Countless people give of their time to serve on various committees. These people get very little recognition for their efforts. They are the unsung heroes of this great city.

“When we have cleanup days, they were there to help and do their part in beautifying our city,” he said. “The people of District 2 and other districts in our city had been there to recycle paper, cardboard, electronics, and other items that can be recycled. Just ride over Andalusia on garbage day and look at the green bags that are positioned all over our city.

“These citizens are doing their part for a better Andalusia,” he said. “The recycling center continues to grow in their totals every month. We are collecting larger amounts of cardboard, paper, plastic, cans and other recyclable materials.”

Mount said he is proud of all the current administration has accomplished.

“When elected in 2008, we established certain goals we felt needed to be accomplished to move Andalusia forward. As a group, we have worked hard to move these goals from paper to reality.

“Time will tell if these were the correct things to do,” he said. “I think there is a new sense of pride in our city and this has been fostered by these improvements.”

Mount said if he is reelected, his goals will be further enhancement of the city’s appearance, economic development, a solid education for local students, quality athletic facilities, and financial accountability.

“We will continue to clean up our city through abatement and trash pick-up,” he said. “We will work to secure more jobs, improve the streets, and work with our schools to provide the best education possible.

“We will continue to provide athletic facilities for citizens of all ages and abilities,” he said. “And I will do my part to help make Andalusia financially accountable.”

Mount also represents the city on the Southeast Alabama Gas District’s board of directors.

He said he has supported the district’s distribution of more than $36,000 back to Andalusia City Schools based on their consumption of natural gas. He has also placed natural gas heaters in the agriscience building and greenhouses at AHS.

SEAGD has provided gift bags to all teachers, and more than $30,000 has been given to the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce for their use in promoting the use of natural gas in the city and county.

Andalusia, he said, “is a great place to visit, but a greater place to live.”

A retired agriscience teacher who spent 31 of his 37 teaching years at Andalusia High School, Mount is the father of two adult children, Scott Mount and Katie Mount Kirby, and four grandchildren, Ellis and Addison Mount of Andalusia and Carnes and Libby Kirby of Mobile.