Dothan’s Mayor race preview

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — On Tuesday, August 3rd, voters in the Circle City will elect who they want to lead their city.

Mayor Mark Saliba first ran for Mayor of Dothan in 2017. He said his term has been very rewarding, being able to lead the city after hurricane Michael and during the pandemic. Saliba said he’s seeking re-election to finish up the projects he has been working on throughout the last four years.

“The fact that we have had so many projects that are underway or are about to start and a lot of them are capital improvement projects,” Saliba said. “Those are important that I would like to see come to fruition.”

Saliba said if re-elected, residents can expect more opportunities for overall growth. He encourages voters to think about what they want Dothan to be in the future and go out and vote, not just for the Mayor’s race but seats up for election.

“We are at a place where we can assess, what do we want Dothan to look like over the next fifteen and twenty years, not just four years,” Saliba said. “I think it is about investing in the quality of life for the city of Dothan.”

Candidate Sidney Miller Jr. was born and raised around the Circle City and he is currently the pastor at New Freedom Church in the Wiregrass. He said his love for the people of Dothan is what lead him to run for Mayor.

“People first, politics last” is Miller’s campaign promise and he said if you can’t see people being treated equally, then it’s time for a change.

“My heart is for you, my heart is for the people,” Miller said. “To see that Dothan becomes the Dothan it needs to become, not just a one-sided thing where each side of the city is off balanced. It’s time to do the whole city, as a whole.”

Miller promises if elected, he will want to focus on bettering the education system in the Circle City. On top of education, he will also want to improve the cities transportation system. Miller said he promises to be an active mayor in all of Dothan

“Relationships, if you don’t have relationships with every part of the city, it is kind of hard to convince someone you care for them and not against them,” Miller said.

Both Saliba and Miller want to encourage every single, eligible resident to go out and vote in Tuesday’s election. They both describe this as one of Dothan’s most important municipal elections.

Polls will be open on Tuesday, August 3, from 7:00 A.M to 7:00 P.M.

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