Brad Alexander, 52, who lives on southeast Oak Street in Oak Grove, is running for re-election for Ward 2 on the Oak Grove Board of Aldermen. He has been an alderman for 12 years and 8 months. Alexander works as a contract federal investigator.

Brad Alexander, 52, who lives on southeast Oak Street in Oak Grove, is running for re-election for Ward 2 on the Oak Grove Board of Aldermen. He has been an alderman for 12 years and 8 months. Alexander works as a contract federal investigator.

1 Why are you seeking re-election?
There is such a learning curve to get up to speed on all the technical aspects of being an alderman. I feel that with over 12 years of experience, it would be a waste not to continue to help Oak Grove in the future. There are always so many projects in progress that I want to see get completed on time and correctly.

2 You have questioned and asked city staff about needing to do a better job putting the budget together. Will you get involved in helping staff do a better job in this? 
I have the utmost confidence in our city administrator, Stephen Craig, to prepare our future budgets. Every alderman has the opportunity to provide input to the budget process when we have our budget workshops. That being said, I think all the department heads know we are heading into a tighter financial situation than we have been in for several years and the budget is going to be scrutinized quite a bit next year.
3 What’s one goal you want the city to pursue if re-elected?
 I recently noticed a gap in our storm warning system in the White Oaks subdivision. I had an item placed on the next meeting’s agenda and the board unanimously supported my motion to purchase a new storm warning siren. This new siren will be placed in the north part of town in a location where all of the White Oaks subdivision will be covered.

4 Sales tax receipts so far this year have been down overall by more than 7 percent. How does the board reverse this to get that number in the positive or can it? 
The main thing we can do is continue to make Oak Grove the most attractive town for new employers to want to open a business. I believe we have made huge strides in this direction with our street improvements, the revitalization of our downtown area, the construction of our waste water treatment plant, and the creation of our own police department.

5 What’s the biggest problem facing Oak Grove and what steps can the board take to fix this?
 I believe the biggest problem we face is the growth Oak Grove can expect in the next 5 to 10 years. If we don’t upgrade our infrastructure now, when we begin growing in the future our systems are going to be overloaded. We have to look at every decision we make today and factor in how it’s going to affect us 10 years from now.  Everything we do has to have the ability to be added to or expanded, without going back to square one and starting over.