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Meet the Altus mayoral candidates

Feb 9, 2019 | ,

(KEYB) - While the Altus Municipal Election is taking place on Tuesday, Feb. 12, candidates are finishing up their final days of campaigning.

Incumbent Jack Smiley and City Councilman and Vice Mayor Dwayne Martin are the two candidates on the ballot for Altus mayor.

Smiley is seeking his second term as mayor, and has previously served as a city councilman for four years. Apart from this, Smiley is a third generation resident of Altus, and served as a firefighter for 20 years, where he became chief.

"People in this town realize I always stand up for them. When the five propositions came up, I stood up for the people and backed them up. Those propositions failed by 80 percent. I was the only person on the council that stood with the people on those issues,” said Smiley to KSWO 7 news.

Martin, the opponent of Smiley, has been a resident of Altus his entire life. When he was 18, Martin joined the National Guard and began a life of service.

Martin has served on the Altus City Council for six years, and he has held the seat of vice mayor for the last two years.

Martin told KSWO 7 News that if he were to be elected, he would be open to bringing in big businesses to Altus. However, he said he believes the town also needs to focus on bringing smaller businesses with 10 to 20 employees.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

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