Incumbent and two newcomers hoping to be mayor of Troy

Published: Aug. 11, 2016 at 7:51 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2016 at 8:04 PM CDT
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(Source: WSFA 12 News)
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TROY, AL (WSFA) - Three men are battling it out on the ballot to be the mayor of Troy.

Incumbent Jason Reeves is proud of his first term in office. He says some of the highlights include job growth, city expansion, and improving safety. He says he's excited about the future of Troy and hopes to continue the work he has started.

"I have a great love for this community and have had the opportunity to work with so many different people throughout the years," recalls Reeves. "We've got things moving in a really great direction and I think that I'm certainly the man to it, I think I've got it on the right track, and I'm certainly the man to keep it on the right track."

When it comes to safety and law enforcement, Olanda Hardy knows all about them. He was with the Troy Police Department for 19 years, serving as a lieutenant and now is an officer with Clayton PD.

As mayor, Hardy hopes to improve many elements within the city, in particular creating cohesion and a collaborative vision among Troy leaders, workers, and residents.

"I would like to work on things that will help the needs of the people, such as quality care for the elderly, improving our transportation system, developing a strong economy. But before all of that can take place, if I'm elected mayor, I would like to develop a foundational approach," says Hardy. "Having a vision without a vision the people will perish. Everybody is on one accord, sharing the same vision."

Raymond Sexton may be retired from the city after serving as grounds superintendent for 20 years, but that doesn't mean he wants to stop serving it. Sexton says he wants to see a change, especially in helping with youth and elderly and creating more jobs.

"We just need to work on unifying the mayor's office and the council. We need to work on youth services. We need to get the police department really in the community," said Sexton. "That's kinda what people have been asking for. They want a change. They want to see somebody that's going to be very visible in the community, that's really outgoing and outspoken and work for them."

Residents will head to the polls in Troy to vote for mayor and city council on Tuesday, August 23.

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