Lepanto mayor looks toward growth
Newly-elected Lepanto Mayor Dale Dunlap said he made no empty promises during his campaign, he only promised results, and that is what he plans to work towards in the new year.
"I want a new direction for Lepanto. Our population and revenues have declined in the past few years, and we need to work towards building both back up," Dunlap said.
In the past, Dunlap has served as mayor of Lepanto for 10 years and on the city council 20 years before that. He added during his first time period as mayor, the population grew by 300-400 people, and new businesses like Sonic and Dollar General opened in the city. He hopes to bring even more businesses during this term.
"We have everything we need to attract people and business," Dunlap said. "We are within 45 minutes of 2 major metropolitan areas, Memphis and Jonesboro. We have a low crime rate, and our school district is great."
Although he has been out of office for 8 years, he said his past experience will help him in making educated decisions for the city.
"I knew what I was getting into when I decided to run for this position," Dunlap said. "I appreciate the confidence the voters have in me, and I am going to do my best to not disappoint."