Ernest Larry Lawton, enterprise proprietor, truck driver and minister, is operating for mayor with objectives of offering for public security and selling enterprise growth in Statesboro, he stated Tuesday.
Lawton, now 70, was born in one other Bulloch County city, Register, and graduated from William James Excessive College in 1969. After years away within the Detroit space the place he labored in first the automotive trade and later for the U.S. Postal Service, he returned in 1985 and has now been a resident of Statesboro for 25 years. He continued his schooling at Georgia Southern College, attaining a Bachelor of Arts in 2005.
He and his spouse personal Hallelujah Transportation, a trucking firm transferring transport containers out and in of warehouses to and from the Port of Savannah. In 1994 he turned founding minister, as Apostle Lawton, of Spirit-Stuffed Baptist Church, now at 62 Packinghouse Highway. His spouse, the Rev. Deborah Lawton, is now the pastor there and has been for six years.
That is Ernest Lawton’s first candidacy for public workplace. In a quick cellphone interview Tuesday, he was requested what his objectives can be as mayor.
“The primary two that I’ve are public security and enterprise growth,” Lawton stated. “I’m taking a look at Statesboro and I see that we now have an superior college proper in Statesboro, and from the time I’ve been right here it doesn’t seem to be we’ve benefited from our youngsters that go there, as a result of most of them after they graduate go off to someplace else to work.”
So he would help efforts to encourage companies to broaden in Statesboro and others to relocate right here and would contemplate a program to offer funds for college graduates to start out companies if they continue to be right here, he stated.
“If our graduates that go there maintain going elsewhere, after which with the younger those that we now have right here we haven’t discovered learn how to inspire them to go to highschool, then Statesboro goes to be very stagnant in its development,” Lawton stated. “I really like Statesboro. I need it to be the mannequin metropolis.”
He had accomplished the paperwork and paid the $560 qualifying charge as a mayoral candidate Monday. So did incumbent Mayor Jonathan McCollar, and as of Tuesday night they remained the one candidates for this workplace. The nonpartisan metropolis election will conclude with in-person Election Day voting Nov. 2, after an early-voting interval.
Household and ministry
Along with their work with their church, Ernest Larry Lawton and Deborah Lawton based the Tri-County Ministries of Jesus Christ. This group affords assist, and data on the place to get assist, to individuals in want in Bulloch, Evans and Screven counties.
The Lawtons have been married 33 years and have a big household, with 11 youngsters together with 4 they adopted. The youngest, age 15, nonetheless lives with them, however the remainder have grown up and gone out on their very own.
The Statesboro Metropolis Council seats in District 1 and District 4 are additionally up for election this yr, and each had candidates certified as of Monday, as beforehand reported. The qualifying charge for council candidates is $227.
Qualifying stays open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. every day by way of Friday on the workplace of Metropolis Clerk Leah Harden inside Metropolis Corridor, 50 East Essential St.