August 26-- Two Vidalia natives are running in the November 5th city election to succeed Fourth Ward City Council member Lisa Chesser who is not seeking re-election.
Logan Lawrence is a recent UGA graduate who works for a Vidalia law firm. His opponent, Loyd Mobley, is an executive with Building Materials Corporation.
We asked them both why they are running and here's what Logan Lawrence had to say.
"Every accomplishment and opportunity in my life can be traced back to this community and an amazing school system. I went to Vidalia city schools. They are fantastic and unrivaled in the state, the educators there are and they are so encouraging. So I owed it to this city to come home and get involved after I graduated from the University of Georgia and my time as an intern at the White House came to a close.
"My late grandfather, Henry Holmes, owned and operated a business here for over 40 years. One of my earliest childhood memories is sitting on a counter in his store greeting our patrons. His honesty and love of his community somewhat drives my passion to represent all of our small business owners and to promote local enterprise and have a voice in supporting them.
"My family has lived in the 4th Ward since the late 1960's and when I purchase a house by the end of this year, I plan to continue that tradition.
"The decision to run was my decision. I'm proud I wasn't drafted by any small town political insiders and that I'm running my own campaign. I stay up until the wee hours of the morning studying the budget and trying to educate myself so that when I make an assertion or promise to the people it's backed by fact.
"I'm optimistic about working with the council if I'm fortunate enough to be elected, but I do understand now there are tough questions that need to be asked and the people of this city deserve honest answers. That's the reason I decided to jump into this race."