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Two candidates for Bastrop Mayor in runoff

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BASTROP, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Saturday's election is over, and for many the campaign has ended, but for two candidates in Bastrop, the signs are staying up.

For Arthur Jones it's one step closer to coming out of retirement.

"I worked for the city for 35 years," says Jones, "for 35 I was with Parks and Recreation, the last 20 I was Parks and Recreation and Public Works."

For Mayor Betty Alford-Olive, she's another step closer to a second term.

"I feel like I have demonstrated my ability to prevail under the most difficult circumstances and I'm looking forward to another four years," says Olive.

Olive was first elected mayor in 2009 and says there's more to be done.

"An "A" plus bond credit rating which positions the city to be in a strong position for business and attracting industry here," says Olive.

Jones agrees that bringing industry to Bastrop is important, and says that with his experience, he can get it done.

"In order to get any type of industry here, when that person comes in, if you don't like what you see here in our town, it's over with," says Jones.

He says cleaning up the streets, abandoned homes, and public parks will attract more people to the area, but Mayor Olive says her administration is already working on the city's renovation.

"The first place we have to clean up is within our own surroundings, and that's operate out of a nice facility," says Olive.

Olive and Jones will go head to head in a runoff election, Saturday, May 4, 2013.

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