Neal announces bid for Lepanto mayor
James W. "Jimmy" Neal has authorized the Tri-City Tribune to announce that he will be a candidate for mayor of the city of Lepanto in the 2002 municipal elections.
Neal, a lifelong resident of Lepanto states that if elected, he will bring more jobs to the city of Lepanto, programs for children, work to help senior adults and help to fight crime in the city.
Of crime, Neal said, "It is an ongoing problem, with possible manpower shortages. I will work to rectify this." Neal added in his announcement, "Nothing has occurred in Lepanto in the last ten years. Marked Tree, Trumann and Tyronza each have grown, while Lepanto has maintained his own. We need new blood."
Neal also cites an ability and willingness to listen to others in the city, as well as working with the City Council as goals of his administration, if elected.
Neal is married to his wife, Jo, and they have four grown children and six grandchildren.
The children are: Jimmy, Jr., who lives in Ft. Collins, Col., Connie Steele, a teacher from Marion, Michael, from Batesville, Ark. and Jeff, who lives in Gray, Tenn.
Neal currently serves as a Deacon of the Lepanto First Baptist Church, as a Master Mason and is a member of the American Legion.
In the past, Neal has served as President of the Lepanto Lions Club and is retired from both the insurance business and the U.S. military.
Neal's father, James served as Lepanto mayor for 16 years and was instrumental in building Stevens Square in Lepanto.