Stars-and-stripe banners welcomed candidates seeking public office in area municipalities Tuesday night.
Kevin McCraney, the Chamber’s Government Affairs Council vice chair, served as moderator for the event sponsored by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, Home Builders Association of Georgia, and the Valdosta Board of Relators.
Here's a look at the candidates who attended the candidates forum:
Valdosta City Council District 2
Sandra J. Tooley: Tooley has been a long-time resident of District 2. She attended school there, and began working at the age of 14 in the district. Tooley described herself as a builder who wants to see growth in her district. “I don't want to see projects start, but completed. Roads not patched up, but fixed up,” Tooley said.
John Hogan: Hogan knows District 2, and he knows the people in the district. Owning a small business, Hogan knows the importance of business in communities, and is looking to ensure both residential and business growth in his district.
Calvin Graham Sr.: Graham grew up in District 2. He is a retired Army veteran who has worked with the Veteran Council for 20 years. Seeing growth in Valdosta for 20 years, Graham wants to continue the growth in the district. Having two careers of leadership experience, Graham said, “I will be the voice of concern, and I will serve District 2 as proud as I served in the Army.”
Valdosta City Council District 4
Junior S. Jackson: Jackson was born in Patterson, N.J., in 1991. After his birth, his father died from Sickle Cell Anemia, and when he was young, Jackson was diagnosed with cancer which led to him losing a leg. Graduating soon with a degree in marketing, he plans to attend graduate school. Jackson always answers the call to serve, and is running because he wants to retain Valdosta State University's graduates because they are valuable citizens to the city.