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Curry says helping others is why he enjoys serving on City Council

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By Michele Roberts

For 17 years Audrey Curry Jr. has represented the people of District 3 on Lancaster City Council and he wants to serve another term.

Curry, 54, will face former City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace in the Nov. 4 election.

Curry said the best thing about being on council is the opportunity it gives him to help people, and make good things happen in the community.

"Whether it be the purchase of a new fire truck or police car, or a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new business that has come to town, I really like knowing that we had a part in making that happen," he said. "We've also worked with Lancaster's Streetscape project to enhance the downtown area and I enjoy seeing things change for the best."

In the upcoming term, Curry said there are two things that he really wants to focus on.

"My first priority is working with Economic Development (Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.) to bring new jobs and businesses here," he said. "The second thing is to maintain our budget and keep our expenses down, but at the same time continue our level of service and not have any layoffs. With the economy in the state it's in, we don't want to see any more job losses."

Curry said he also wants to see council continue to work on Streetscape projects and with See Lancaster to promote Lancaster's beautification and tourism efforts.

There has been some talk of a building large enough to house Lancaster's Chamber of Commerce, See Lancaster offices and the Lancaster Economic Development Corp. in one spot, Curry said, and he can't wait to see the old Springs clock mounted somewhere downtown.

"We want Lancaster to look good," he said.

The Lancaster native is a sales account representative at Comporium and has been employed with the company for 36 years.

Curry and his wife, Gwen, have three children – Lakisha, Jason and Brian. They also have four grandchildren – Kyra, Brandon, Taylor and Cali. Curry and his wife are currently visitors at Covenant Baptist Church.