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New Saltillo mayor optimistic about future

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 6/30/2013 3:57 pm
SALTILLO, Miss. (WTVA) -- For Mayor-elect Rex B. Smith and his family, this was a day that he will likely never forget.

For starters, this was his first foray into the world of politics, and it resulted with him winning the election.

Not a bad place to start for someone running for his first public office. 

"[I'm] anxious, very anxious. We've been getting prepared for the last month since the election. It's here. So Monday, it'll be full speed," said Smith.

Any time there's a new administration, whether its local, state or federal, there is an air of excitement.

And it's no different in Saltillo.

One interesting connection: the city's new mayor has a brother who also serves as a supervisor in Lee County.

That would be District Two Supervisor Bobby Smith, who swore in his younger brother Saturday afternoon.

The Smiths have a legacy in Lee County politics that could be of some benefit to the Mayor-elect.

"Finally [I have] a Mayor I can tell what to do," said Bobby Smith, laughing.

"He's given me some good direction, but I can't give away all my secrets. I want people to think it might be my ideas," Rex Smith said.

All kidding aside, the Republican mayor knows he has a big task ahead of him.

His background as a land surveyor, he believes, will help in the continued development of the town.

His wife of 38 years agrees with the majority of the people who elected her husband that he is the right man for the job.

"He's honorable, he's loyal to his family, his friends. And he's level-headed, he's diplomatic. And I don't know of any enemies he has," said Alice Smith.

Smith wasn't the only one sworn in Saturday.

The Saltillo Board of Aldermen took the oath as well. It's the second time around for Brad Woodcock, and he says he looks forward to getting down to business.

"I think [the new mayor] has a vision for Saltillo for growth," Woodcock said. "And he'll try to bring businesses, residential property and new developments. I just think he really has a passion and desire to see that happen."

One thing is certain: he will have an experienced family member to call upon if he needs it.
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