On the eve of Dothan’s District One commission seat run-off, the candidates are still campaigning down to the last vote. Incumbent James Reading is trying to fight off a challenge by political newcomer Kevin Dorsey. Reading and Dorsey faced off in the city-wide general elections last month and Tuesday they'll meet again, with one walking away as commissioner for district one.
Last time they met Reading received 42 percent of the vote, while Dorsey got 23 percent in a four way race. Reading says he's running on experience and that's what it takes to serve as commissioner. "Experience counts and the team we have assembled. We have a great team assembled and Dothan is moving forward. This is not the time for training,"
Reading said his record proves he can get the job done. "We’ve paved 42 streets. We've done the Wilson Street drainage project. We put new bathrooms at Gussie McMillan Park. These are items we've completed in District One, not started.”
Dorsey said Reading hasn't done enough and he said the current condition of District One proves his point. "Coming out my front door, every day there's stray dogs and depilated houses and it's been like this. You look on Headland Avenue, and there’s depilated houses. "
Dorsey said the district needs change, especially since he believes reading has been out of touch with the community "The leader that's in position of District One should come out to the community and inform the community.”
Both candidates were committed to running a clean race and refused to throw mud. They agree this race should come down to the voters turning out to the polls.
The polls are open from 7am to 7pm on September 17th. Both Reading and Dorsey are offering rides to voters who need to go vote.