Times-Tribune Staff Report
When Williamsburg voters go to the polls Tuesday, they will select six of seven candidates running for that city’s council.
In Thursday’s edition of the Times-Tribune, surveys from six Williamsburg council candidates appeared. Those candidates are Troy Sharp, Mary Ann Stanfill, Erica Broome Harris, Laurel Jeffries-West, Richard Foley and Chet Riley. Information from the seventh candidate, Bill Brown, appears below.
Brown, 51, is a retired electrician who graduated from Williamsburg City Schools in 1978. He completed his electrical apprenticeship with the Local 183 in Lexington and completed a welding course at Hobart Welding in Troy, Ohio.
Brown is a member of the First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Williamsburg Masonic Lodge No. 490 F&AM and the Whitley County Shrine Club. He is married to Diane Brown and they have two children and three grandchildren.
Brown was elected to serve eight years on the executive board of IBEW Local 183 and he served four years on the board of trustees.
If elected, Brown said he would like to develop a long-term plan for the city that includes upgrades to the city’s water and sewer systems, repairs to roads and sidewalks and well-maintained parks. This work, in addition to supporting the local airport, is essential to attract businesses.
Brown also wants to maintain well-trained police and fire departments. He would make sure all city departments are National Incident Management System compliant so grants can be obtained to meet the first responders’ needs. He also wants to pursue grants for equipment for the public works department and park equipment for public use.
Finally, Brown said he wants council meetings videotaped and placed on the city’s website.