West, Classing file for South Point mayorPublished 10:38am Thursday, June 2, 2011
SOUTH POINT —David Classing, councilman for the Village of South Point, filed nominating petitions for mayor with the Board of Elections on Wednesday. He has served on the council since January of 1998.
Mayor Ron West has also filed petitions for re-election. West has served on the council since January of 1998, before he became mayor following the death of Mayor Robert Armstrong in August 2010.
Others have shown interest in running for mayor, picking up petitions, but West and Classing are the only two who have filed.
West said he wants to run for mayor again because he is interested in the village, and has been all of his life.
“I love the Village of South Point. It’s been my home for years.” West said. I think I’ve done the best job I’m capable of doing, as far as keeping the village clean and the utility prices low.”
West said if he is chosen to serve another term as mayor, he looks forward to doing more work to clean up the village and removing abandoned houses.
“I plan, if I continue to be mayor, to do the same things for the village that we have done for the past year,” West said. He hopes to continue helping the village economically by continuing to buy the village equipment from state surplus to save the village money, he said.
“People don’t realize how much money has been saved over the past 15 years,” West said.
West is pleased with how the village is doing right now.
“We have probably the best police force since I’ve been involved with the government of the village,” West said.
Classing said in a prepared statement that he has had support in his plans to run for mayor.
“There are many people from diverse backgrounds who have encouraged me to run and are supporting me, and I wish to thank them for the efforts thus far, and remind them that there is a lot of work to do,” Classing said. “I remind my supporters and fellow residents that I will run a positive campaign, based on what would be best for the entire village.
“In the coming weeks and months, my vision for improving life in South Point and making its services more efficient will be discussed,” Classing said. He said a particular issue he wants to address is the water drainage from storms.
“In 2010, I proposed the village implement a pro-active schedule of maintenance on our city’s storm drains. To this date, it has not been implemented,” Classing said.
“The residents have my word that important decisions and complaints by residents will be handled by my office in a dignified manner, receiving the full attention they deserve.
“I look forward to meeting each of the residents and discussing the future of our village together,” Classing said.