Seven qualify in mayoral race

Seven people met the qualifications to run for Grambling’s mayoral seat in the Oct. 2 elections. Qualifying began July 7 and ended July 9. Candidates qualifying include Martha Andrus, Edward Jones, Alvin Bradley, Gary Dupree, Robert Wiley, and John Williams.

Grambling businessman and former banker Robert Wiley announced his intention to run as a candidate for the seat.

The official campaign kick-off for City of Wiley Grambling Mayoral Candidate, was held on Tuesday, July 13 at 6 p.m. in the Eddie G. Robinson Museum. During this event Wiley shared his thoughts on how some of the city’s challenges can be solved. Citizens also had the opportunity to ask questions. Wiley’s Campaign Slogan is – Growth Starts Today! Growth Starts with You!

Wiley, a 1983 graduate of Grambling High School, and a 1987 accounting graduate of Grambling State University served as a Bank Vice President and Commercial Lender for 13 years, and has owned a financial consulting and real estate development company for the past 10 years. He served as past president and is a current member of the Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce; Board Member and Treasurer of the Grambling High School Foundation; Board Member of the Grambling State University College of Business Executive Advisory Board; Volunteer Budget Counselor with Crown Financial Ministries; and a member of the GSU Tiger Men’s Fellowship Club.

“I have been very disappointed in what I have seen in Grambling city government over the past four years. I believe that Grambling needs someone with a business and financial background to lead the city and solve some of the many issues confronting the citizens.

“Grambling is a very unique place with great potential, and with the right kind of leadership, I know that we can truly flourish” Wiley said.

Wiley pledges to bring professionalism, financial stability, growth, and to restore overall leadership to the city.