January 17, 2004 -- Posted at 6:12 p.m. CST
JONESBORO -- Jonesboro mayor Hubert Brodell has been in office since 1986...and on Saturday, a candidate who graduated high school just three years before Brodell took office announced his intention to run for mayor.
"I am running for mayor for the city of Jonesboro," announced Sgt. Doug Formon alongside his wife and daughter to a crowd full of cheering supporters gathered at the Holiday Inn in Jonesboro.
It's an announcement that hasn't been made in years...a new candidate for mayor of Jonesboro.
"I just feel like it's time for a change. It's time for some new ideas to come in, and really just get us back on track," said Sgt. Formon.
You might recognize Sergeant Doug Formon from the Jonesboro Police Department, where he's worked for the last 15 years...but these days, he's got some other goals.
His wife Cyndi Formon said she was especially proud for her husband.
"This has been a lifelong dream. We've just kind of waited, and waited for the right time. We feel this is the right time, his age, and his career," said Cyndi Formon. "He's done a lot in his career, and in the public. He's earned the public's respect I believe and I think that's going to take us a long way."
As a police officer, Formon says if elected mayor he'll work to reduce crime in Jonesboro.
"I think we need to get some hold on the petty theft in Jonesboro. Jonesboro doesn't have a really bad crime problem as far as major crimes, we've done a really god job keeping that at bay, but with petty crimes that really affect citizens that live in Jonesboro...thefts from yards, thefts from vehicles...that type of thing, shoplifting," said Formon. "I think we need to get a street crimes unit together that strictly focuses on those types of crimes."
Formon has many issues that he wants to tackle if elected, from street conditions to the city's landfill.
"I think the landfill is surely going to become a major, major issue in the city. We need to get the landfill out of the city limits, I feel like, and get it away from our houses and away from our citizens and away from our kids," said Formon.
Formon's outlook on Jonesboro is one reason he would like to be elected mayor.
"Jonesboro is on track, and we are doing fine, we're growing, but I think our government, at one point in time, got a little off track, and now I think were more focused and getting things back in line," said Formon.