DECATUR — One of five candidates for three Decatur City Council seats began to make his case for election Tuesday.
Derrick L. Thaxton, 43, held a news conference at the Decatur Civic Center to officially announce his candidacy. Other candidates in the race include incumbents Pat McDaniel, Jerry Dawson and Julie Moore-Wolfe. The other challenger is Craig Wilson, 35, owner of Woody’s Bar.
“I am slow to speak and quick to listen,” Thaxton said. “Unlike others, I do not have a political agenda, nor am I entering this race for personal gain. I am in it to win it for the citizens of Decatur.”
Thaxton is nighttime assistant manager for Wal-Mart and interim vice president of the Decatur Black Chamber of Commerce. He is also involved with the Decatur Martin Luther King Jr. Committee.
In his remarks, Thaxton listed improving the city’s water supply, supporting the police department, helping businesses and ending violence as top priorities.
While Thaxton said he would like more details about the proposal to move the Decatur Police Department to a building at 707 South Side Drive, he said it appeared to be a good solution.
As for water sources, he said he wanted to look at all options. “This has been a long time on the table. It’s time we put that to rest,” he said.
Thaxton did not criticize current council members, saying he thought the council had done a fine job. However, he said, “I don’t think all voices have been heard. Some of the unheard requests, some of the unheard voices, I want to bring those to the forefront.”
Thaxton is a lifelong Decatur resident. He and his wife, Raquel, have four children.
The consolidated election is April 9.