Atkinson joins race for council

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PARRSBORO - A well-known business owner is hoping to make the cut on election day and represent the people of Parrsboro.

Betty Atkinson, owner and operator of Hair Graphics where she is a hairstylist and barber, made her candidacy known before nomination day, and says many small towns face the same issues but retaining the community’s population and offering citizens opportunities are key components to her platform.

“These are hard times and we must stick together to give the people what they need to be able to stay in Parrsboro,” Atkinson says. “Yes, all other small towns are facing the same problems, but I feel our town needs fresh eyes.”

A mother and grandmother of three, Atkinson has operated her Eastern Avenue business for 12 years. Prior to that she operated Betty’s Pizza and a service station with her husband, Jim.

“I know what it’s like to have a business within the Town of Parrsboro,” Atkinson says. “I also traveled out of town to work every day, when I worked for the Department of Education, Social Services and a clothing store.”

Atkinson takes to the campaign trail with incumbents Lisa Ward, Dawn McCully and David Harrison, as well as Robert Fancy, Lloyd Smith, Ronald Shaw and Lyle Yorke.

Mayor Lois Smith was re-elected by acclamation.

Organizations: Department of Education, Social Services

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Eastern Avenue

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