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March 20, 2010

Candidate: Mayor should be voice of all citizens

Teresa Garris, who serves as a local volunteer, is one of four mayoral candidates.



Phoenix: Why are you running for mayor?

Garris: I am running for mayor because of my concern for my city and its residents. I became very concerned when I was informed our charter was possibly being revised and the mayor would become an employee, as well as a councilman.

This could only mean the citizens would have to be the ones responsible for the wages, such as increased water bills, garbage pickup or storm drainage.

Our city, for the most part, is middle to low income. We as citizens cannot afford these increases or higher taxes. Oklahoma is only one of three states that pay a food tax. We cannot afford anymore.

I am running for mayor to be the voice of the people and for the people. I understand, according to our charter, that the mayor is only for ceremonial purposes, has no power, and be one vote on the City Council, a nonpaid position.

I will gladly perform all duties as stated in our charter. If I am elected I will not expect pay for any duties performed. I will make sure my doors are always open to the citizens and I will return all calls and be the people’s vote on the council.



Phoenix: Why are you qualified to be mayor?

Garris: I am a citizen within the city limits. I am a registered voter. I enjoy volunteer work as well as working with the public. I can follow instructions as well as take responsibility of a situation and I’m willing to work with any and all departments when called upon, any time.

I have a genuine concern for all of our citizens and look forward to being part of the city government, to stand firm and represent the city of Muskogee.

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