Two long-time Winder residents are vying for a seat on the Winder City Council in the Dec. 3 runoff election.
Incumbent Councilman Bob Dixon, who received 339 votes in the municipal election Nov. 5, will face challenger Lorin Sinn-Clark, who received 310 votes. Dixon, 78, said he brings proven leadership abilities to the table, while Sinn-Clark, 56, said she will offer new ideas, creative vision, increased energy and vitality.
“I offer these from the perspective of long term resident who is deeply vested in this community,” said Sinn-Clark, who has lived in Winder for the past 24 years.
Dixon, who has been a Winder resident for 53 years, cited 26 years on the Barrow County Board of Education, with many years of budget building and monitoring, as what he has to offer Winder residents.
“I have the experience to help lead our city as we are developing or working on several major projects,” Dixon said. “My business experience and budget knowledge should be a great asset. I love this city and want to see our progress continued.”
Sinn-Clark said she wants to give back to a community that has been good to her family.
“I offer a new voice, a fresh perspective and a level of enthusiasm and energy that will benefit our city at this time,” she said. “Winder faces many challenges and the same view points and action plans that may have worked in the past are no longer working. It is time for some creativity and change. This is not so much about politics as it is about service — level-headed, open-minded, thoughtful, responsive service to the citizens of Winder.”
Dixon’s top priorities, if elected, include completing the Yargo raw water system, developing a city communication system that uses social media and Winder’s TV station, continuing to develop programs such as the Opportunity Zone and the Fire Line Discounts and working with the county government on service delivery.
Some of Sinn-Clark’s top priorities, if elected, include traffic, attracting businesses and becoming a more “business friendly” city, making Winder a more attractive, “livable” city and continuing support for public servants.
“During challenging times of change, the ‘way we’ve always done it’ no longer serves the community,” she said. “Creative compromise, more active cooperation and more enthusiastic collaboration are needed.”
Winder residents can vote in the runoff election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at Winder Community Center, which is located at 113 E. Athens St in Winder.
Bob Dixon (i)
Education: Bachelor’s of Science degree in education plus graduate work
Occupation: Teacher/Coach for eight years at Winder-Barrow High School; Regional Sales Manager for Moen Faucet Company, a division of Fortune Brands for 25 Years
Political Experience: Barrow County Board of Education for 26 Years, including three terms as chairman; Winder City Council At-Large Post for four years
Family: Wife, Diane Moon Dixon, one daughter, two sons, seven granddaughters
Education: Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology, University of Colorado – Boulder
Occupation: GED instructor, Winder-Lanier Tech campus; spent nine years reporting for two local newspapers
Political Experience: None
Family: Ed Clark, husband, two children