CANTON — A small business owner and wife of a city of Canton firefighter will be among the candidates seeking the Ward 3 seat on the Canton City Council being vacated by John Beresford, in the Nov. 5 election.
Molly Lewis, 50, has lived in Canton for three years and is one of four candidates along with Thomas Sanders, Farris Yawn and John Rust who have signed on to run for Beresford’s seat.
If elected, Lewis said she hopes to continue the work of the sitting council members to keep “this city a city.”
“I am thankful that the current council has kept Canton’s head above water in these trying economic times,” Lewis said. “They have stayed true to the values of our city, and as a citizen I thank them.”
But Lewis hopes to take the progress one step further.
“I have a vision of Canton’s future, and it is bright and beautiful,” she said. “The worst is over. It is time for the city to grow again. My vision for Canton is to improve its ability to attract opportunities for growth by promoting what we already have. Beautification is a priority, citizen input is imperative and public safety is No. 1.”
Lewis is the owner of Giving Care Education Center in Woodstock, a nurse with 20 years of experience and has served a United States Army spouse support liaison, she said in her announcement.
She believes her experience can be of help to Canton.
“As a business owner, I have faced all the trials and tribulations of start-up, (from) financing, to advertising, to growth,” she said. “I have been able to overcome these trials, while keeping my business culture intact.”
The candidate’s husband, Charles Lewis, has been a firefighter with the city of Canton for 31 years. They have five children and seven grandchildren.