November 5-- Two men who have spent most of their adult lives fulfilling civic duties in Vidalia will be serving the next four years on the Vidalia city council.
Both Bob Dixon and Loyd Mobley won their city council races Tuesday by large margins.
Dixon defeated former Vidalia Police Chief Frank Waits 974 to 225 for the at-large city council seat being vacated by Kailey Dees and said, "I want to listen and learn and I want us to grow and keep Vidalia progressive and moving forward. Anything I can do that's good for the city, I want to do it. If anyone has any ideas or thoughts that I can use to make us better, I'd certainly be glad to hear them and be open to the folks, the people."
In the 4th Ward, veteran council member Lisa Chesser will be succeeded by Loyd Mobley who defeated his young challenger Logan Lawrence 362 to 98 and said serving on the city council is a family tradition, "It's a challenge, but I've always enjoyed a challenge and I'm looking forward to it. My Dad was a councilman for 16 years and he loved it and I think I'll enjoy it. I know it's a lot of hard work and a lot of responsibility. It's a big job and I don't take that lightly. I'll be ready to go to work on January 1 and between now and then I'll be learning all I can about the city,"
Third Ward councilman John Raymond Turner was unopposed as were Vidalia Board of Education members Bruce Asberry, Doug Roper, III and Julie Torrance.
In Lyons there was no opposition to incumbent Mayor Willis NeSmith, Jr. nor to councilmen Ivy Toole and Rick Hartley.
In Santa Claus Amy Lawler takes over as Mayor with incumbent Vince Meadows not running, Donita Bowen succeeds incumbent Timothy Horton who decided not to run for re-election to the city council and incumbent councilman Tad Bryant was re-elected without opposition.