King announces bid for Opp council

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 17, 2016

Debbie Reynolds King announced this week that she will qualify and seek the Opp City Council District 1 seat in the August municipal election.

King said she chose to run for a simple reason:

“I am sure I can make a difference in not only my district but the city of Opp as well,” she said. “I am looking forward to talking with the residents all around District 1, and discussing the issues and values that are important to the citizens. By listening to their concerns, ideas, and answering questions, I can work with the mayor and other councilmembers to help meet the needs of the citizens.” Debbie King (1)

King said a councilmember must provide community leadership at all times and help set the right policies in place for the betterment of the community and city.

“I have a positive leadership quality which in return will produce positive growth,” she said. “I think to become a successful city councilmember you should always be willing to listen to the concerns of the residents. Protect the welfare of the city and its inhabitants. Also, represent the district and support the mayor to accomplish the highest goals possible for the city.”

She said she understands the needs of Opp.

“There are several factors concerning the biggest need in Opp,” she said. “One would be the need for more jobs. My goal as your councilmember is to work diligently with the mayor and other councilmembers to continue building the infrastructure of the city so industries and manufacturing companies have the opportunity to locate their businesses in the city of Opp.”

Debbie was born in Opp and was raised in District 1. Her parents were the late Louie and Marguerite Reynolds whom instilled the hard work ethics by working in the Opp and Micolas cotton mills some 35 years. Debbie, too, worked in the mills for 20 years, where she learned that hard work and helping your fellow man makes a prosperous day. She is married to Richard King, who was also born and raised in Opp. He, too, worked in the mills for 45 years. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Since working with the mills Debbie has earned her LPN license and associates degree in science from LBW. She is currently working as office manager for Bartholomew Properties, LLC., which has its offices in District 1. Debbie is a member of the Historical Society, Trailmasters, an active member and vice-chair of the Downtown Redevelopment Authority, and an active staff member of the Rattlesnake Rodeo. Debbie and her family attend Southside Baptist Church in Opp. She said Southside reminds her of the neighbor that always kept their door open to everyone; once you enter, you are family.

“Some improvements I would like to see in district 1 are paving of more roads, keeping the curbs and sidewalks clean, and continuing better quality garbage pickup,” she said. “By monitoring my district and listening to its residents my goal would be to achieve the highest quality of life that can be met for the district and the city.”

“It will be my duty and I will be honored to serve the city and its citizens to the best of my ability as councilmember. I love the city of Opp and hope you will support me to help keep Opp moving forward. I humbly ask for your vote in August for councilmember of district 1. Thank you.”