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Dawson mayoral race heats up

November 1, 2002

Dawson- Ken Claybaugh is a newcomer to the political scene. He has never run for public office, but he says he thinks it's time for Dawson to make a few changes, especially in the educational system, and he says he's the man who can get the ball rolling.

Claybaugh adds, "We need to connect our efforts more for the kids. Our children are our future, and we have to make sure they have the best possible education in Terrell County."

Claybaugh, and opponent, Paul Rakel, are both U.S. Navy retirees. Rakel owns an engineering firm in Dawson, called SOWEGA Engineering, and he says he wants to bring more jobs and revenue to Dawson and revitalize downtown Dawson.

Rakel says, "I love Dawson, and I'm watching Lee County, Worth County and Mitchell County grow off the energy of Albany and Dawson's not."

Incumbent Mayor, Robert Albritten, refused an interview. Rakel says, "The mayor's problems are his problems, and that's for him and the Lord to deal with. I'm looking towards Dawson and the future."

Claybaugh says, "If we judged everybody as harshly as we are judging him, then, we would only hurt ourselves." Claybaugh and Rakel say they hope Dawson residents turn out at the polls in droves so their voices can be heard.

Robert Albritten could go to court for forgery and fraud charges before the end of the year.

Posted at 4:35PM by Jocelyn.Maner@walb.com

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