I live just outside the Minden city limits, so voting for mayor this Saturday isn't an option for me. I hate that; I really do because Saturday's election is perhaps one of the most important in Minden's history.
The man chosen as mayor steps into a mighty tall shadow in following the work of Mayor Bill Robertson. Bill was a friend, and he was a man who had my respect. Just the other day, a local bank president and I were talking of Bill, this election and the future of Minden.
That business leader realizes, as do so many others, that Minden has come to the crossroads. There is so much positive going on for our community at this point. So many are working to bring us jobs, new industry, and new money. The chamber, the city, officials with Camp Minden, and our allies along the I-20 corridor are all teaming to help one another bring good things our way.
The man chosen as Minden's mayor will have a huge responsibility, a heavy weight on his shoulders, to work with all of these interests, these other parties, to push Minden in the direction it needs to go.
We can't take any steps back. There can be no slipups now. The timing is too crucial, too critical. We must make the best decision.
That's why, if I could vote, I would cast my Saturday ballot for Tommy Davis.
Mayor Joe Cornelius is a great man and has done good things on the City Council during his tenure. He has stepped in admirably and kept the city running following the untimely death of Mayor Robertson. Walter "Woo" Morgan is a very intelligent small business owner. I love some of the ideas the man has and have been impressed with him during his speaking engagements. The answers he provided to the Press-Herald's mayoral Q&A were well thought out and made a great deal of sense. He would make a fine city councilman and could be a quality mayor in the future.
But what Minden needs at this critical point in its history is Tommy Davis in the mayor's chair at City Hall.
I met Tommy more than a decade ago. When we were looking to buy a house, Tommy was the realtor who took us around town, taking his time and making us feel like we were the most important people in his world. His commitment to us, to making sure we were taken care of and comfortable with our decisions made an impression on me. He was and is a consummate business professional.
He carries that trait with him in his governmental and civic dealings. A councilman for nearly eight years, Tommy has "learned the ropes" and knows what is best for the city and its future. A strong leader, Tommy has forged valuable alliances with other governmental entities and serves as a board member of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP). This is a very valuable feather in our hat for bringing in jobs.
He brings more than 40 years of business experience in an array of positions and fields to the table. He knows how to sell. He knows how to market. He knows how to develop. Furthermore, as a small business owner, he has that unique view of the struggles his fellow business owners face. He simply knows how to lead. And that is what we must have.
All three candidates would do well, but one is just a cut above. There is one thing that is certain – this election is going to be a close one. The Press-Herald's online poll proves that.
So every vote counts. Do your part, go out and vote on Saturday. It's too important to sit back and let others decide for you.
I only wish I could cast my ballot. Because if I could, I know who would be getting my vote.
Josh Beavers is the publisher of the Minden Press-Herald.