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[Candidate Profile] District 5 Council Candidate John Wesson


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – John Wesson recently announced his candidacy in the 2020 Sylacauga City Council race.

Wesson will be a candidate in Sylacauga’s District 5 race where the seat is currently held by Dallas Davenport.

Wesson graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1993 before attending Central Alabama Community College and Mississippi State University. Wesson has multiple degrees from MSU including Bachelor of Science in Ag Science and Bachelor of Science in Ag and Extension.

Wesson has six years of teaching experience in high school, five years of inside sales experience and eight years of outside sales experience.

Wesson is the chairman of the Sylacauga Tree Commission, on the board of the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement and Sylacauga Parks and Rec.

Wesson is married to his wife, Katie. The two have three children; Shelby Sanders (26), Abby Sanders (23) and Ben Wesson (13).

“I just believe I would make a great councilman and would represent Sylacauga in a first class way,” Wesson said when asked why he is running for city council. “I get along with many different personalities and backgrounds. I want to see Sylacauga improve and grow in the right way.”

Wesson has many concerns for the city. He said the city is falling behind other comparable municipalities. “What concerns me is that we are falling behind other cities in the state that are comparable or smaller in size,” he said. “I’m worried that the city is not is using its resources wisely.  We have blight and failing infrastructure.”

Specifically for his district, Wesson wants to make sure his constituents have their voice heard at City Hall. Wesson said he has learned of many concerns already through meeting with and calling people in his district. One concern that Wesson shares with other city council candidates is keeping young adults in Sylacauga.

“Definitely giving young people a reason to stay here or to come here,” said Wesson. “I want to make Sylacauga more of a draw through business promotion and parks and recreation activities.  I want to annex more property to bring in more tax revenue, and improve property surrounding Sylacauga to make us look better.” He cited Avondale Mills as an example.

Elections will be held on Aug. 25, 2020.

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