Clark, Wood vie for mayor

Published 5:18 am Monday, August 25, 2008

By By Lydia Grimes- features reporter
In the only contested mayoral race in east Escambia County, Al Wood is challenging incumbent Terry Clark.
Clark is seeking a fifth term as mayor.
Clark said his experience not only as mayor but as a councilman are important for the position. “The qualities that make me the best suited for the position are my 28 years of experience in local government,” he said. “I have served on the East Brewton City Council for 12 years and as East Brewton mayor for 16 years.”
Clark said he wants to continue trying to attract new economic development to the city.
Clark is the son of the late Lee Roy Clark and Katie Clark. He is a graduate of W.S. Neal High School and spent two years at Jefferson Davis Community College. He is married to Marie Stinson Clark and they have a daughter, Jennifer, and a son, Dewain, who is deceased. They have two grandchildren, Hannah and David.
Wood said East Brewton has great potential.
Wood said his experience as a manager would help him in the position.
Wood, 37, is a lifelong resident of East Brewton and a 1990 graduate of W.S. Neal High School. He attended Jefferson Davis Community College before entering a career in the insurance and investment industry. He has been a part of the insurance industry for 14 years and is currently employed as an assistant manager with AIG American General Life and Accident. “I qualified and have retained many leadership honors for progress and growth in my field of work,” he said.
My wife and family own a local business (Cozy Corner) which is a big part of our community and have owned it for nine years. I am married to my wife, Donna, and I am the father of four children, Britta (15), Jordan (deceased), Konner (4) and Kadince (7 months).
The family are members of the Abundant Life Assembly of God in Century, Fla.
Wood acknowledged Friday that he is not a registered voter, which could prevent him from taking office if elected. Candidates for municipal office in Alabama must be registered voters.