By Tyler Pruett
RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Small business owner Gary Hartline is announcing his run for Rainsville City Council Place #3. Hartline is a longtime resident of Rainsville, and said he is excited about the prospect of serving its citizens.
Hartline and his wife Tammy have been married for 28 years, and have two children, Kisha and Thomas. Hartline is the son of Jerry D. Hartline and and Shirley Hall Mitchell. He graduated from Plainview High School in 1986.
Hartline and his wife are the owners of an inflatables company, number1party.com, a business the couple founded in 2004. He also works for the DeKalb County Board of Education as a bus driver for the Ider Special Service Center.
Hartline currently serves the community as the missions pastor at Rainsville Community Church and as the Church Relations Coordinator for Operation Christmas Child. Hartline received his Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification from Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) and is a member of the DeKalb County Amateur Radio Club.
Hartline is a conservative Christian that believes an elected official’s first priority should be to the people who elected them. To achieve this, Hartline believes officials should work together towards achieving goals instead of against each other.
“Elected officials should be the voice of the people,” Hartline said. “We should be as servants to the citizens we serve. We should take on our roles as councilmen to see that the will of the people is done.”
Transparency is also important to Hartline. He said he believes that important issues should be made public. He also wants to focus on improving city services and infrastructure.
“We need a strong and well-equipped police and fire departments,” Hartline said. “We need a strong infrastructure which includes a great sewer system (which we have) and great roads. A city that is equipped with all of these things will attract businesses, and that, in return, will produce more jobs!”
Hartline asks for the citizen’s support on August 23 in campaign for Rainsville City Council Place #3. His opponent for the position is Ricky Byrum.