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October 17--  Four candidates for the Vidalia City Council were on stage Thursday night for a forum sponsored by the Toombs-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce.

frankandbobRunning for the at-large seat, accountant Bob Dixon (right) and former police chief Frank Waits who called for an united city government, "To bring business to the city of Vidalia and economic growth, the mayor, the council and all city employees have to have a working relationship with the citizens who wish to work with the mayor and council.  You have to have a cohesive mayor and council working together," Waits said.

Dixon said he wants to continue the process which has made Vidalia a business hub, "My agenda is to serve and help the city of Vidalia.  I want to make decisions that I believe are best for all the citizens of Vidalia.  Vidalia has been blessed over the years by a lot of people working very hard to make some tough decisions to continue to grow Vidalia and make it progressive.  I want to continue that process," he said.

loydandloganThe Ward Four seat is between businessman Loyd Mobley (left) and Logan Lawrence, a recent UGA grad working at a local law firm, whose vision is to attract more young people back to their hometown, "We have so much to offer people here.  I want millennials to want to come back to Toombs and Montgomery counties. I want to make policy changes in our community that are going to make college students homesick to return home and make people who currently live here eager to boast about our community and the things we're doing here," Lawrence said.

Growth was also on the mind of Loyd Mobley, "We need to keep Vidalia growing. Partnerships with the Chamber and the Development Authority are extremely important to this.  We need to attract new business and help current businesses continue to prosper.  We must keep crime in check.  I am very excited about what our new police chief is doing and we want to make sure our police have the things they need to do the job they need to do," Mobley said.

Higgston mayoral candidate Jesse Ledford was also included in the forum and discussed his vision for improving the town.

Advance in-person voting started this week for the November 5th election.