By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 31, 2019
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Another name is now in the race for Valdosta's top job.
Scott James has announced he will be running for mayor in November.
James is a longtime radio show host on Talk 92.1 in downtown Valdosta. He's currently president-elect of Leadership Lowndes, as well as serving on the One-Lowndes Valdosta committee and the Chamber Community Council.
James said his focus is on economic development for Valdosta, especially around the downtown area.
"As I look at the business plan that is Valdosta, we've got a shrinking tax digest but we have the same need for the same amount of money every year, so you have to get creative on how to stay there," James said. "If we don't start developing that tax digest, if we don't start renovating and redeveloping, we're in trouble in about 20 years."
James said he'd like to see the street-scape project run from the Valdosta State University campus all the way to Madison Highway, stopping near the railroad tracks in order to bring college students downtown, as well as redevelop the south side.
The mayor's race will be up for a vote in November. Former Valdosta Fire Chief J.D. Rice will also be on the ballot. City officials said current Mayor John Gayle does not plan to run for re-election.