Two running for vacant seat in Junction

October 31, 2003|LIZ MAPLES

JUNCTION CITY - Voters here will have to elect someone to fill the council position Nov. 4 that was vacated when Melissa Miller moved out of the city limits.

The City Council appointed Brad Murphy to fill the position in January. He and Donnie Goode are running for the position.

Donnie Goode, 34, is married to Leslie Goode and owns Heritage Closing Agency. An ordained Baptist minister, he is a supply pastor.

"I care about my town. I care about my community," he said. "I'm concerned about the community's welfare and the direction my community is going in."


As a council member, he wants to see the city debt-free, have adequate police officers and to resolve its issues with water and sewerage.

Goode wants Junction City to have 24-hour police protection. He said he feels the city has an obligation to the taxpayers to provide police protection.

Facing budget shortfalls, the council reduced its police force from five officers to three this year.

In light of the city's negotiations with Danville to sell the water, Goode said he wants the city to "achieve what the people want to achieve."

He said that at this point he thought that meant Junction City should sell its water system.

"If not, you'll have rate increases," he said.

How would he solve the city's financial crisis?

"One word sums it up, communication," he said.

Goode wants to talk with all of the department heads, the mayor and council about the budget.

He said the city should be "aggressive in obtaining grants," and "look at areas where we waste money."

"We thank the financial institutes for loaning us money, but that's not the answer to our problems," he said. "If you can't keep you, you can't catch up."

Goode wants voters to know that he is home every day and has an "open phone, open door policy."

Brad Murphy, 38, is married to Victoria Murphy and has two sons. He works at Hitachi Automotive Products as a tool and die mold maker.

"The first time I ran, I did because I thought I could make a difference," he said. "Now I know what I stand for, as a Christian, needs to be represented."

He wants to get police officers back, resolve talks with Danville about the water and sewer system, and work with the Boyle County Community Development Council to attract more businesses to Danville.

Murphy said he is working with Mayor G.G. Harmon to hire back one of the two police officers that were cut. He wants to build the force back up to five officers.

He said he was advised by the city attorney not to talk about the negotiations with Danville for the water and sewer system because it might affect the outcome. But, he said he hopes for a solution for the sewer sanctions so that more businesses can come to Junction City. The state has prohibited the city from adding any more new customers because of its failing sewerage.

To get more businesses, he said that the CDC could help attract companies to U.S. 127. Murphy said that the businesses would attract more people to the city, and that could help smaller businesses that are having trouble.

Asked about the city's financial situation, Murphy said, "I don't see a quick solution on anything."

He believes it will take time for Junction City to rectify its situation.

"I would really like to see the citizens of Junction City show up as hard as they did about Railroad Days to every public function," he said.

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