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Cook sees education as top priority

Mayoral candidate Willie Cook spent Wednesday with students at McKee Jr. High. The topic: Focusing on the future. Mayoral candidate Willie Cook spent Wednesday with students at McKee Jr. High. The topic: Focusing on the future.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery City Councilman Willie Cook is looking for a promotion, and he's hoping on March 10th you'll give it to him.

On Wednesday Cook took his message to Montgomerians who can't even vote for the man, but who hold great importance nonetheless.

Cook held the attention of students at McKee Junior High School as part of his campaign's efforts to focus on the classroom.

The topic: Planning for the future. Cook says he's ready to do just that as Montgomery's next leader.

"The bottom line is, you know, we have a plan to stabilize our city economy, a plan that will supplement the education budget, a plan to supplement the general fund budget, " Cook said. He plans to do all those things without raising taxes or increasing fees.

"I'm the only councilman running in this race who has actually placed a sales tax holiday," Cook said. He credits a statewide sales tax holiday that is now in place to the success of the holiday he started in Montgomery.

The councilman is planning to raise the number of jobs in the capital city with blue and white collar employment that he says will benefit the residents and the community.

"We will create public works jobs...jobs that will help the priority issues of the city of Montgomery," Cook said. Keeping the city clean, helping young folks find summer jobs and supplemental jobs for educational benefits, including tutoring and mentoring, are all on Cook's list of priorities.

With nine city budgets in his back pocket and a proclaimed love for Montgomery, Willie Cook says he's ready to leave his post as District 6 City Councilman and step into a larger role at City Hall.

Five other men would like to step into that role as well.

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