Benton mayor to be decided in runoff

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Sean Green
sean@bossierpress.com

And then there were two.

After six candidates vied for the office of Benton Mayor on Nov. 8, it will be decided in a runoff between Republican S.G. “Junior” Horton, who won 30 percent of the vote, and Democrat Johnnie Brunson, who took home 24 percent.

Horton thanked his supporters and wanted residents to know he’ll be out meeting with them individually between now and the runoff.

“I’m going to ask for their support in the Dec. 10 election. I’ll be knocking on doors and visiting people and continue to meet people and get my goals and vision for the city out there,” said Horton. “I’ll just continue what I’ve been doing for a couple months now — trying to meet more and more people in the community.”

Horton previously told the Bossier Press-Tribune that he wants to continue the town’s street overlay program and wastewater improvements, and develop a master plan for Benton’s water system.

He also wants to attract businesses and capitalize on the town’s famers market. He also has an eye on quality of life with growing the community center and expanding the town’s park, Simpson Street Park, to become a multi-use town venue. Lastly, he wants to form a Citizens Committee that would give residents a voice in a public forum to discuss issues and concerns.

“I’m staying with my goals I had early on and these seem to be important with the citizens as I visit with them. These are the infrastructure of the city, the economic plan to encourage more business to locate in Benton city limits, improvements to the Simpson Street Park and setting up the Citizens Committee.”

“My goal is to keep Benton on strong footing and moving forward. I want to take Benton into the future,” Horton told the Press-Tribune last month.

Brunson said he was “very pleased” with the people who voted for him in the general election.

“There were some good candidates, it was hard for the people to vote,” Brunson said. “It was a tough decision for a lot of people.”

“I thought we had a good turnout. I’m not sure what this election will do (with turnout), without a (major election to go along with it), so we’ll just wait and see,” he added.

However, Brunson said he’s not resting on his laurels and plans to keep campaigning and running as clean a campaign as possible.

“I’ve enjoyed this campaign because I’ve had the chance to sit down with people I know and talk to them.”

Brunson is running because he’s a “people person” and wants to help the town where possible.

“I know the outside very well — streets, drainage, sewer, and water — and I thought maybe I could help our community out,” Brunson told the Press-Tribune in late October. The advantage I have is that I’ve been in the field and have been in business for 43 years — I own a mobile home park and construction business, Brunson Construction — so I know that side of it. But if the Lord wants me there, he’ll put me there.”