DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — On Friday, candidates running for mayor, city commissioner, and school board members held a meet & greet breakfast with voters at Ray’s Restaurant.
In four days, voters will cast their ballots for the local municipal election for who they believe are the best candidates are for the city of Dothan.
Residents told WDHN what their expectations are for the upcoming election.
“It really boils down to the public the voters being informed about their decisions really researching these candidates and really figuring out what these folks know before we vote them into office,” Dothan voter Holly Sawyer said.
Being knowledgeable and being a candidate for the people are qualities residents say are ideal for them.
“A good quality candidate should have in any election is to focus on putting the citizens first putting those kids first focus on the citizens in the community.,” Dothan voter Colton Cureton said.
Voting for the municipal election will take place on Tuesday, August 3rd and the time to gain voters’ trust is running out. Residents like Sawyer and Colton stressed the importance of residents getting to the polls.
“These matter so much more even national election because the candidates that we are voting for in these local positions are the ones running our city managing our resources,” Sawyer said.
Cureton explained how voting was a right to all citizens they shouldn’t take for granted.
“I think it’s extremely important for us to have the opportunity take advantage of that knowing that sacrifices were made for us to be able to vote,” Cureton said.
Honesty and transparency are key points, according to residents. They would like to changes to important to them like roads.
With new and old faces running for these positions, they say it all comes down to casting your ballot.
“These elections are extremely important to us,” Sawyer said.
Others believe it is a civic duty to vote.
“If you don’t vote you’re not doing your job,” Dothan voter, Pedro Pedroso said.