Ryan Smith Seeks Re-Election To Jamestown Mayor Position

ryan-smith-headshotRyan Smith has announced that he will be a candidate for re-election to the position of Mayor, City of Jamestown, in the November 8 City Election, and issued the following statement:

“Four years ago around this same time, I announced that I was running for Mayor of the City of Jamestown. I am happy and honored to be serving you today in that very position. Here we are, four years later, and I would like to announce my candidacy for Mayor once again and express my desire to continue to serve you in this capacity.

I believe our progress since the last election speaks to my success and the reason I believe that I am the right person to continue to lead the City of Jamestown for the next four years. Here are just a few of the things we’ve accomplished during my term:

•Numerous streets have been repaved or significantly repaired.

•Reduced natural gas rates and extended service area.

•The Jamestown Community Park has been significantly upgraded with new equipment and sidewalks, providing more activities for your children, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews to do, and allowing for better, more accessible use of the park for handicap children and adults alike.

•I have obtained over $4,000,000 in grants during my term, more than the decade prior to my term.

•Started the Restore Jamestown group and awarded into the Tennessee Downtown’s program, a downtown restoration program that is helping us work towards revitalizing our downtown.

•You can now pay your gas and water bills using your debit or credit card and you can pay online. You can pay any City court related fines online and soon you will be able to pay property taxes online as well.

On top of all of these things, perhaps our greatest success has been keeping the city in the best financial shape in its long history. Our City audits over the past 30 years show that in the 27 years prior to my election, the City maintained a general fund balance averaging just over $258,000. While I have been in office, our general fund has grown and we have maintained an average general fund balance of just over $725,000. This is very important as it allows us to do projects without paying interest, it allows us to better deal with emergency situations, it allows us to provide additional and better services, and it shows that we are managing your tax dollars well. Don’t just read this, take a trip out to the park by the high school and look at what better management of your tax dollars can do, and be sure to take a drive down Livingston Avenue or Stewart Street, roads that were in terrible shape and are now just two of many that have been repaved.

This list covers some of the things we have done but it’s just part of a much bigger picture! I will be detailing more of our progress over the coming months. The bottom line is we are making great progress and we can continue making progress with your vote. I have proven to you that I can get things done and lead our City into the future. So I ask you, please consider me and vote for me when you vote in the upcoming election.”