- Valdosta, Ga. - March 12, 2012 -
A City Councilman is working to spark new life into a Valdosta community many see as under-developed.
James Wright is the City Councilman for the 1st District. Some are calling him a sort of folk hero after a dramatic protest at Thursday's City Council meeting.
He announced at City Hall that he would boycott the city's annual retreat. Council members discuss the allocations of city funds at the retreat. But Wright says the south-side of Valdosta has largely been ignored.
Over the phone Wright tells Eyewitness News reporter Greg Gullberg that there are several projects he's proposed that have been swept off the agenda, including parks and sidewalks. Many residents say this kind of attention to the south-side of town is long over-due.
"We applaud him. He is our hero today because he stood up for our community and we do need some economic development on this side," community activist John Robinson tells Gullberg.
"Because we've been fighting for this for over 20 years. So I'm just glad to see that he has finally stood up and addressed the people of his district. Not only the people of District 1 but also District 2," said community activist George Boston Rhynes.
Councilman Wright is in talks with the Mayor about how they can address the issue. Eyewitness News will keep you updated on what comes of it.
The communities Wright is fighting for are larger than just District One, but include District Two as well.