KETR Local
11:34 am
Fri April 18, 2008

Current Councilman Sands eyes post as Commerce Mayor

Scott Harvey

Commerce – Municipal elections are just around the corner, with Commerce Mayor and City Council seats 2 and 4 all up for grabs. Former Mayor and current councilman John Sands is one of three candidates vying for the position of Mayor.

Some of the top priorities Sands feels need addressed are cutting taxes and improving area transportation. He notes the recent establishment of the Sulphur River Regional Mobility Authority (SURRMA), as well as the upcoming $3 million bond issue for street improvements as key components towards addressing that issue.

Both the upcoming elections and current city manager search in Commerce indicates change is on the horizon. That change coming on the heels of City Manager Bill Shipp's resignation, and Mayor Sheryl Zelhart's plans to step down at the end of her term. Sands says his experience with the city will prove valuable in such a transition. Sands was first elected to the council in 1992. From 1995-2002 he served as Mayor, and then returned to the council in 2004.

KETR will bring you the viewpoints of all candidates for Commerce Mayor as well as Council Seats 2 and 4 as the May 10 elections approach.

Click the MP3 icon to listen as Mayor Pro Tem John Sands addresses the tax issue in Commerce.