Ozark Mayoral candidates prepare for run-off election

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OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — Mayoral run-off elections are less than two weeks away.

Incumbent Mayor Bob Bunting and Dale County Commission Chairman Mark Blankenship both have a serious love for Ozark.

Both are also spending much of their time campaigning for the mayoral position.

Bunting has held multiple city positions in Ozark, including many terms as mayor.

“Our economic engine, my experience, what I have worked with and bringing things to Ozark, and when I say I’m talking about a team, and it takes a team to make those kinds of things happen,” Bunting said. “And we’ve been very fortunate since I’ve been affiliated with the city to have a team that’s worked very hard.”

Both candidates are hoping to increase the number of houses built in the coming year and to update all living spaces.

Mark Blankenship has lived in Ozark for many years and hopes to bring some new ideas in with his experience.

“Well I have a lot of experience in both city and county government, now serving in both capacities served on the planning commission with the city of Ozark seven years prior to all of that,” Blankenship said. “Got a real strong business background. I love Ozark. That’s the reason I’m running.

“I have five grandkids. That’s my motivation for trying to get involved, trying to improve and make a difference in Ozark because I want them to be able to live here when they’re older and have their children come back here.” Blankenship added.

Both will be campaigning until the polls open on Oct. 6.

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