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Two Big Spring Mayor Candidates Discuss Upcoming Election with NewsWest 9

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - In just a matter of days, Big Spring voters head to the polls to choose who will lead their city. Four people including the current mayor are vying for the top position.

Big Spring voters have quite the challenge when they go vote this Saturday. They have four candidates to choose from for mayor each with their different opinions on how the city needs to be run.  NewsWest 9 got a chance to sit down and talk to each of the candidates and find out why they are running for Mayor.

"I'm dissatisfied with the direction the city is taking," Tommy Duncan, who is one of four candidates running for Mayor, said..

Tommy Duncan is a retired chief officer for detention services. He has lived in Big Spring since 1986 where he met his wife and has lived ever since. His dissatisfaction with current city officials is reason enough for him to run for mayor and want change. He promises to eliminate city debt, improve area streets and the city's water.

"If citizens want the city to move responsibly with sound infrastructure, lower property taxes and lower debt, I'm the person they should vote for," Duncan said.

That's also why Shannon Thomason says he is running for Mayor.

"Things need to be changed in Big Spring," Thomason said.

Thomason has lived in Big Spring since 2000, but has had family in Big Spring for many years and now he is running for Mayor again. 

"My primary platform is putting power in our citizens hands. I'm gonna work for term limits to have public servants, instead of politicians," Thomason said.

Thomason is a member of the Concerned Citizen's Council and has been fighting the city's plans for a four million dollar city pool. The aspiring candidates are asking residents for their votes, each with their own idea of how Big Spring needs to change. Although these candidates might not agree on everything, they do agree on one thing.

"May 88th people need to vote," Thomason said.

On Friday, NewsWest 9 will sit down with Oscar Velasco and incumbent Mayor Russ McEwen.

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