For the first time in some 40 years, the name Bobby D. Vincent will not appear on the ballot in the Dayton municipal election.
This decision does not come easy nor without a lot of thought. I will miss the campaign and the privilege to serve, but it is time for me to encourage someone with new ideas and energy to have the opportunity and privilege to work for the growth and welfare of our community.
As I reflect back on these most interesting years, I think of many experiences and accomplishments, but most of all the growth where I believe the Councils have had a great deal of influence and success.
Recreation complexes have provided improvements in recreational activities, numerous classrooms, new gymnasium, office space, and state-of-the-art computer systems all have shown major concerns for our education at Dayton City Schools.
New electrical buildings, new maintenance complex, new post office building, Skill Center, additional industrial park areas and many others have contributed greatly for our entire area. Just to have been able to be a small part of these is very humbling.
One of the most rewarding things for me was to be elected to the Council in the first place, having only been in the community for a few years. Reflecting back, it was extremely gratifying to be elected as Dayton’s first at-large mayor.
I will always be grateful for the opportunity the voters of Dayton gave me as I say goodbye to the Office of Mayor, City Council and the School Board.
I will also miss the privilege of serving on the board of directors for SETHRA and SETDD as I believe these two organizations greatly affect us as their work filters down to our community level.
I can never put in words enough thanks for those who have believed in me and who have given me their support.
— Bobby D. Vincent
City of Dayton
(Editor’s Note: Dayton Mayor Bobby D. Vincent has roots in the Cleveland and Bradley County area community. He attended Eureka Elementary School in 1950, Bradley Central High School from 1950 to 1954, and Tennessee Wesleyan College from 1954 to 1956. He was employed by the former Dixie Products and Magic Chef companies for 10 years).