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3 Candidates Vying For DeFuniak Springs Mayor

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April 9th, DeFuniak Springs Residents will head back to the polls; this time on a mission to elect a new mayor.

Current Mayor, Harold Carpenter is retiring after 9 years on the job.

It's a diverse group, but Mac Work, Bob Campbell, and John Kinsey share a love for DeFuniak Springs. All are native brothers with a vision for the future.

Campaign signs plead for votes, but it's up to each candidate to explain why he's the best guy for the job.

Mac Work is no stranger to public service

"I think I'm the most qualified by experience. I've also been in accounting for 37 years," said Work.

The 6.5 term City Councilman has been on a mission to bring jobs to the area and is credited for 109 new jobs added in the last year.

Economic development is a vision he hopes to continue as Mayor.

"When you call a business and they say, "May I ask who's calling?" You say a city councilman and they kind of duck. You say the Mayor of DeFuniak Springs and it carries a lot more weight and I think I can get more jobs here as Mayor," said work.

John Kinsey calls himself DeFuniak's ambassador.

"I bring a back ground of very committed Christian ministry for 20 years and I think above all a love for people," said Kinsey.

The mental health counselor of 17 years is looking to ramp up tourism advertising in Historic DeFuniak Springs.

"I say, "come on down," because we've got a great thing to offer. But I think we need to do a branding and marketing campaign on DeFuniak. You know there's this place in Orlando with a mouse that attracts millions each year, but they still advertise," said Kinsey.

Finally, businessman, Bob Campbell wants to follow in his grandfather's footsteps as a former mayor.

"You know, it's one thing to be constantly praying about a better city and this type of thing, but if you're not ever willing to put your hat in the ring, then it's just prayers," said Campbell.

The 23 year business owner said he is focused on fostering relationships that will benefit the city in both the short and long term.

"I'm not looking to have a resume 12 months from now that's impressive. I look for our city 12 years from now to have a resume look very impressive," he said.

You can learn even more about each candidate at www.votewalton.com

Municipal Election Day is this coming Tuesday, April 9th. Polls open at 7 am.