Lingerfelt has served on the Rainsville City Council for three consecutive terms. During his tenure, he spent eight years as the city’s liaison for the fire department, two years as the liaison for the sports complex, and two years as the liaison for the public library.
“If elected, my goals as mayor are to keep the city of Rainsville within budget,” said Lingerfelt. “Renew the practice of paving city streets, work diligently to bring in more industry, thus creating more jobs, and strive toward a harmonious working relationship with the council, various city and county board, and the citizens of Rainsville.”
While serving on the council, Lingerfelt helped the fire department make numerous improvements, including adding fire hydrants throughout town.
“Some of the things I’ve been able to accomplish during my years of service are the upgrading of equipment at the fire department, including the ladder truck, fire truck, and equipment and rescue trucks,” said Lingerfelt. “The fire department went to a six-man shift with six full-time firefighters on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
Lingerfelt was instrumental in getting the new softball field added at the Field of Dreams, so the Plainview High School Lady Bears softball team would have a home field for games and practices. He was also able to secure a new practice facility for the softball team through a contract with the school and the city.
“I was also able to secure funding for a playground and a special needs playground that has been added at the Field of Dreams,” said Lingerfelt.
Lingerfelt has been in charge of the Rainsville Freedom Festival for the last seven years.
“We’ve added magic shows, more singing groups, additional fireworks, and inflatables,” said Lingerfelt. “There has been a continual increase in events added, and participation has increased. I have participated in the Freedom Fest 10K and 5K run/walk that is held on the weekend before Freedom Fest.”
Lingerfelt was also involved in the purchase and renovation of the new municipal building in Rainsville.
“I served as city liaison to the DeKalb County Board of Education and was instrumental in helping them remodel and expand their facility,” said Lingerfelt. “I have worked with the council and previous mayors on paving projects throughout the city.”
Lingerfelt recently retired from Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative after 34 years. He has been a member of Trinity Methodist Church for 50 years, and he has served on various church committees.
“Rainsville is special to me, and I’m proud to have been allowed to serve and hope to continue to serve in the capacity of mayor,” said Lingerfelt.