The three-way race for Oak Grove mayor is about a variety of issues, depending on which candidate is speaking.
For Jeremy Martin, it’s about improved communication between the city and its voters.
For John Humphrey, it’s about his previous experience as mayor.
For Hank Melhorn, it’s about his accomplishments on the Board of Aldermen and continuing the good path the city is already on.
The three are competing April 8 to replace incumbent Mark Fulks.
Martin said he hopes to bring a “fresh and relevant perspective” to the mayor’s office and would open up the lines of communication. He said citizens should have access to more polls like the one in which they recently decided what slogan to put on the new water tower.
The city should improve its website to accommodate polling and perhaps have a Facebook page, he said.
Martin added that he would donate half his salary towards those improvements if need be.
Humphrey noted his experience as a business owner and as the only one of the three candidates who has been mayor. He held the post from 1979 to 1981. He pointed to his previous accomplishments getting the city an ambulance, tennis court and bike trails.
Melhorn, an alderman, said. “Things are good in Oak Grove. My platform would be continuity.”
He said he’s proud of road improvements and the new water tower and would like to see those through to completion.
On the issue of future growth, all three expressed caution about giving too much in tax incentives to lure businesses.
Martin said he’d like to see growth in a controlled way. Humphrey said he would not be against tax incentives, but would not want to go too far with them. And Melhorn said he’s not flatly against incentives, but would like to see them tied to jobs.JOHN HUMPHREY
200 S.W. 25th St.
Semi-retired owner-operator of Oak Grove Bowling and Recreation Center
Studied communications at Lee College, Baytown, Texas
Oak Grove mayor, 1979-81; Oak Grove alderman, 1975-79; former president, Oak Grove Chamber of Commerce
2003 S.E. Park Ave.
New installation and sales, Schindler Elevator
Bachelor’s in business administration, Blue River Community College and Belford University
2500 S.W. Locust St.
Retired from management at General Motors
Studied at Drake University, Des Moines
Oak Grove alderman, 2005-present; liaison to planning and zoning committee