Williamson to seek 2nd term

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 7, 2012

Robert Williamson Wednesday announced his intent to seek a second term as mayor of the City of Florala.

“As mayor of Florala, I have been blessed to work with an extremely effective city council, a very productive city workforce and citizens who understand the positive power created by uniting, versus dividing,” Willia-mson said. “The list of achievements by this current administration is lengthy; however, suffice it to say, this administrative term is indicative of how impactual a vision, a plan, transparency, honesty and a doctrine of fairness can be on a community.

“We have focused on correcting problems, enhancing the aesthetics, improving infrastructure and building a positive image for this city in the eyes of those who watch our progress from a distance, but have a direct hand in state-maintained and funded improvements,” he said.

Williamson said the city’s last four years have been marked by accomplishments “some said couldn’t be done.”

“Like, rewriting an airport lease that, within six months, which allowed for the flow of $500,000 in FAA money and will lead to unprecedented growth at the Florala Municipal Airport,” he said.

Williamson said he believes the enhanced image of Florala at the state level has played a direct role in finishing a building on Lake Jackson, despite a shortfall in state funding, while relationships with our state leaders also led to the paving of (U.S.) Hwy. 331 and the soon-to-be-paved (Ala.) Hwy. 55.

“Florala has received grants for street paving, sewer line enhancements, recreational trails, sidewalks downtown, sidewalks to school, pier building, enclosing ditches, vehicles and more, including two simultaneous CDBG grants, when experts said we would be lucky to get just one,” he said. “We were at the forefront in pursuing funding to place a $20,000 playground at Florala Head Start and have created a business climate that has led to the opening of more than a dozen new businesses.”

Williamson said during the past few weeks, he has fielded numerous calls, texts, Facebook messages, e-mails and visits asking of his intent to seek re-election.

“It has been a privilege to serve the citizens of Florala and, yes, it would be an honor to serve another four years,” he said. “Though much has been achieved, there is still more to do, and I humbly ask the voters of this community for the opportunity to serve another term as mayor.”