Meet Valdosta's City Council At-Large Candidates

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

Three candidates want to be the next Valdosta City Councilman At-Large.

The victor would fill the vacant seat of John A. Eunice, who stepped down to go to law school.

His father John L Eunice, a civil engineer and retired Air Force Colonel, wants to keep it in the family.

"I bring a blend of leadership and decision-making background," said Eunice. "I think I can help the citizens of Valdosta and help the city council as we continue to try and help Valdosta to move forward and grow and become the anchor city for South Georgia."

He faces Ben Norton, a family man and teacher at JL Newbern.

"I'm a Valdostan. I've lived here for 45 years," said Norton. "I've raised my family here. This is a great community. I want to be a part of its present and I want to make a difference in its future."

And Keith Lee, a Navy veteran who's working toward his master's degree in public administration at VSU.

"I come from a diverse background," said Lee. "As a young boy, I lived in projects similar to Hudson Dockett and in the military, I lived in affluent neighborhoods like Cherry Creek. I can empathize with all members of the community. That's why you should vote for Keith Lee."

For Eunice and Norton, enticing more businesses to the city is top priority.

And Eunice says streamlining the process is key.

"Cutting excess red tape, I think we need to look at doing that and see what we can do in Valdosta to make it easier and more business friendly," said Eunice.

"We have people who need jobs and if we can attract jobs here, we'll have a much better community where people are working, feeling good about themselves," said Norton. "And being able to provide for their families."

Yet, Lee believes the city needs to invest in its outdated infrastructure to bring in the business.

"You need better storm drainage," said Lee. "You need better transportation, in order to attract these small and large businesses."

For its current citizens and people of tomorrow.

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