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June 19--  The veteran incumbent council member in Vidalia's Fourth Ward has chosen not to seek re-election.

lisaLisa Chesser issued a statement Tuesday night.

"The decision to seek re-election each term has come after thoughtful consideration and a lot of time in prayer. I have had the honor and privilege to serve for 12 years! That’s almost a quarter of my life and my how the years have flown by! Initially, my hope was to be able to serve for two or maybe three terms; perhaps until my children graduated high school and I am blessed to have seen that happen.

The tremendous honor serving as the Ward 4 councilwoman has allowed me to be a part of Vidalia’s strong tradition of leadership and progress. I am humbled to have had the opportunity to work and give back so that we can make Vidalia a community where our children will want to return after college to work and raise their families.

I have chosen not to seek re-election for a fourth term and I am blessed beyond anything I could have asked to have been able to serve in this capacity. There aren’t sufficient words to express the gratitude I have for the citizens who have allowed me to serve, those I have had the pleasure to serve with and for my supportive husband and family."

So far one person has qualified for Chesser's seat.  Vidalia native Logan Lawrence has announced his intentions to run in the November 5th election.  He graduated from the University of Georgia in 2018 with a degree in political science and recently returned home after completing an internship at the White House.