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Three men on the ballot for Cairo Mayor

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CAIRO, GA (WALB) -

After serving as Mayor of Cairo for the last eight years, Richard Van Landingham is stepping down.

Robert Burns, Charles Renaud, and Scott Higginbotham will now each try to step in.

"I thought I was out of politics for good, but then when I found out that the current mayor, Mayor Van Landingham was not going to run for mayor for this term, I thought well maybe it's a good opportunity to maybe offer my services at the city level," said Burns.

"I think this is an important time in our county. A time where we can bring people together. The county and the city and the region to gather around Tired Creek to make it as good as it can be," said Renaud.

"Find out their needs, their concerns. Tell them the reasons why I am running for Mayor. Things that I want to do differently than what has been done over the last 20 years," said Landingham.

Renaud and Higginbotham both say they the most important step for the city right now is to add new businesses and jobs.

"Look for growth and opportunities in our city. To bring more people in, more industry. So that we can make it better for our children," said Renaud.

"More along the lines of internet based businesses or service based businesses. Maybe a credit card processing company or things of that nature," said Higginbotham.

Burns says he thinks his 16 years as a county commissioner would translate well to the role of Mayor.

"I don't have an agenda going in. I've dealt with almost all of the departments at the city level and I've always had a good response."

While Burns and Renaud were out of politics before they qualified, Higginbotham did have to resign from the school board to run for mayor.

Election Day for the Cairo Mayor's and other local races is November 5th.

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