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March 22, 2010

Remaking city’s self-image important to mayoral candidate

Chris James, a Muskogee businessman, is one of four candidates for mayor. The election is April 6.



Phoenix: Why are you running for Mayor?

James: I’d like to volunteer my time and energy to serve our great city. I’m a Muskogee businessman, and I understand the needs of working men and women here who have to feed their families and want to continue to improve a city they are proud of living in.

I believe Muskogee’s mayor should focus on what that honorable office could accomplish in concert with the City Council and the city manager to move forward on beautifying the city and attracting visitors, businesses and future residents.

There are many issues that we are faced with and challenges to our growth and prosperity. I believe I’m the best person to lead Muskogee to finding solutions for our future.



Phoenix: Why are you qualified to be mayor?

James: I believe I have the personality to work side by side with citizens of Muskogee, the city staff, and City Council. This is a total team effort, and I’ll bring continuity to our council to make important decisions based on what is best for all of Muskogee, not just a part of Muskogee or a certain group.

I have the ability to look and listen to all sides before making a decision.

I’ve served on various Chamber of Commerce committees, such as Tourism. I am on the board for LIFE Inc. (which is a special needs, nonprofit day care for adults). I have volunteered with Meals on Wheels and Servings of Grace.

Muskogee is my home. I went to Longfellow and Pershing, West Middle School and Muskogee High School. As a businessman, I have invested my financial well-being in the success of this community. I have experience with budgeting and making payroll.

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