MANSFIELD - Incumbent is pitted against incumbent in Mansfield’s municipal election. Larry Cummins is running for re-election to the Mansfield City Council, but not for the same seat he’s represented for the last eight years. Cummins, who currently holds Post 5, is running for Post 4, and said he won’t reveal why. Post 4 is currently held by Lisa Dunn, who will be Cummins’ opposition on Nov. 5.
When asked about his decision to switch posts and told that voters would be interested to know, Cummins responded that he’d rather “just let it be a curiosity” for people.
The city is not divided into geographic districts, but each post has a different area of responsibility for the city. The council member elected to Post 5 is in charge of water and sewer while Post 4 handles finances.
Cummins, who moved to Mansfield in 1999, said he just wants to keep on improving the city, and that includes getting some speed limit signs and sidewalks installed, planting flowers and other beautification efforts. He also wants to see more small businesses come to town.
“The citizens are a lot more involved now than they were in the past. There are a lot more people in the council meetings to put in their thoughts about what they need and what they want, and we’re just trying to please the people of Mansfield,” he said.
Originally from Illinois, Cummins, 75, moved to Georgia in 1990. He is the owner of Dogwood Truck Sales in Lithonia.
Cummins wasn’t interested in selling himself to voters. Asked why he’s the best candidate for the job, he responded, “I don’t know that I am the best candidate. Let the people decide who’s the best and we’ll go from there,”
The race between Cummins and Dunn is the only contested race in Mansfield.
Jeff Riley was the only qualifier for Post 3 and Matt Clark for Post 5.
Early voting begins Monday. Mansfield residents can vote between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Mansfield City Hall, located at 3146 Ga. Highway 11 South. Early voting closes Friday, Nov. 1.