Scott Maddasion

Scott Maddasion

Scott Maddasion

EDUCATION: A Clinton High School graduate, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in finance and business administration from Ashford University in Clinton in 2011 and a master's degree in business administration from Liberty University.

EMPLOYMENT: Loan officer at Aegis Credit Union, Clinton, for the past seven years. He handles all consumer lending activities, including auto loans, personal loans and debt consolidation. Prior to that he was a staff development coordinator and recruiter with Comprehensive Rehab in Clinton.

MILITARY SERVICE: Enlisted member of the United States Air Force, attaining the highest rank of senior airman. He worked as a network intelligence analyst conducting computer network security, coordinated communication among several national agencies and led a five-person team in identifying and analyzing high-interest communications supporting Pacific Commander initiatives.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Junior achievement instructor; among other basketball coaching positions, he was head girls basketball coach at Northeast High School from April 2015 to present; head girls basketball coach at Prince of Peace from June 2013 to April 2015; and volunteer assistant men's basketball coach at Ashford University from 2011 to 2012.

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A native of Clinton and an Air Force veteran, Scott Maddasion found his way back to Clinton and attended Ashford University to obtain a finance degree. He now has a master's of business administration degree.

He also has been involved in basketball coaching over the past 10 years at Ashford, Prince of Peace and Northeast schools. He decided to step away from coaching in March and get involved in city government.

He wants to put all of his experience to work as he runs for Clinton's mayoral seat, which will be on the Nov. 5 ballot. The seat currently is filled by two-term mayor Mark Vulich.

He was encouraged to run for a city council seat and the mayor seat, deciding to go with the run for mayor because he lives in Ward 2, where three candidates already were running for that seat Nov. 5 and he likes the work being done by current at-large councilman Cody Seeley, who is running to retain his seat.

He said the city has a lot to offer, but as it goes into the future, needs to focus on population loss. His plan, if he is elected mayor, is to be "more aggressive" in that seat and to be visible.

"I've always been drawn to leadership types of roles," he said. "That kind of is my personality. It's a little more aggressive. It's kind of where I like to be."

He said he has learned about fulfilling leadership responsibilities because  bachelor's and master's degree programs feature that element. So did his time in the Air Force, where he was president of Airmen's Advisory Council, he said. That group raises money and works to promote the United States.

"I think through the military and through college it kind of led me down that path," he said of his desire to lead.

He also wants to be a listener, describing himself as the type of person who wants to get all the facts before making a decision. That skill, he said, would come in handy as the city deals with proposals such as the one that could have put housing units along Clinton's Riverview Drive. That discussion came to a halt after an outcry from residents early on.

"I think, communitywise, we scared a developer away," he said, saying the city should have listened to the developer's proposal.

Infrastructure is an area that, he said, needs to be a focus. He noted the city's streets have improved.

"Everything is pretty solid and now we just have to maintain after that," he said, adding that if infrastructure is not maintained it draws negativity to the community.

As far as developing the empty storefronts throughout the downtown and drawing business here, he said, "I think that's where we really have to rely on the Chamber and CRDC. That's their specialty."

He said an aggressive approach is needed to bring business here and the city needs to invite businesses in.

Highlighting Clinton's assets also are important. Among them are its people, workforce and location, and that it is close to larger areas, he said.

But, the city has to address its declining population.

"That is one of the key factors," he said.

He said it all starts with the community's youths and job training. 

"Make them want to stay here or make them want to come back. Start at the base level with that. To get kids to grow up here, love this place and come back," he said.

As for what the ideal population should be, he said growth is good, but the city could only handle so many people effectively.

"I don't think we want to be a 40,000 to 50,000 people town," he said. "I don't know if we could hold all those people."

He said 30,000 people would be a good amount as it's a number in which everybody could keep working and have housing.

"I think that's where we have to be," he said. "That's a good spot for us to be in."

He also wants to bring back a Clinton event that was staple for many years.

"I want to bring back Riverboat Days," he added. "I think that was such a big piece of our identity, our riverfront."

He said the city needs some type of a version of that and that he remembers when people planned their lives around Riverboat Days.

"We have the best riverfront up and down the Mississippi River," he said.

He also pointed to those events as a place where he can learn more about what residents want. He said that includes being at events and then, hopefully, people can follow and realize how great things are. He wants residents to be involved, go to football games and be out and about.

"I think you have to have a mayor that is in the community," he said. "That's participating, that's visible and that people can see."