District A’s Myles looks to unite community

Carlton ‘Buddy’ Myles

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Newly-elected District A Minden City Councilman Carlton “Buddy” Myles says he is ready to bring the community back together.

Myles won the seat in a runoff election over incumbent Wayne Edwards Saturday. Edwards, a past city councilman, was beaten previously by Herbert Taylor III, who resigned in 2020. Edwards was appointed to fill Taylor’s unexpired term.

“My next step is to just sit in the seat and soak up as much knowledge as I can,” Myles said.

One of his visions for his district is a community-wide clean up.

“Not just trash pick-up, I’d like to clean up some of these vacant and abandoned properties,” he said. “It’s time we get Minden back to the Minden of old.”

Myles said he leans on his father Dennis Myles and father-in-law Larry Gipson for advice.

“But first is the Lord,” he said. “I have to pray about it.”

He also leans on the people of the community and wants to host community events.

“I talk to everybody,” Myles said. “I feel like it’s the best way to see what the community wants. They will give me their ideas – what they feel and what they think. As a councilman, it’s going to be my duty to take in all of the things that are given to me and make an informed decision.”

Campaigning and leading is hard work, and Myles has many persons to thank for his success thus far.

“I want to thank God and the people of the community of Minden for feeling I am capable of leading,” he said. “I want to thank my family and friends for their unwavering support.

“I also want to thank Mr. Wayne Edwards for his service over the past years,” Myles added. “It takes a commitment to do that, and we appreciate him. And last, but never least, I want to thank my wife LaKeta. She’s been my support through it all – even before my political aspirations or any kind of business dealings – she’s been there.”

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