Valdosta Daily Times

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January 7, 2010

White joins city council

Valdosta’s fourth female council member sworn in

VALDOSTA — Deidra White officially became the fourth woman to serve on the Valdosta City Council at Thursday’s regular meeting.

White was elected in December following a runoff election against Dr. L.W. Williams.

White won the election with 56.87 percent or 178 votes over Williams, who had 43.13 percent or 135 votes.

Superior Court Judge Richard Cowart swore in White, the District 2 representative, along with incumbents Alvin Payton, District 4, and Robert Yost, District 6.

Payton retained his position as District 4 representative as he ran unopposed and Yost defeated John E. Johnson with 65.61 percent of the votes, or 498 votes, to Johnson’s 34.39 percent of the votes, or 261 votes.

All three members pledged to serve the City of Valdosta to the best of their knowledge, skill and ability.

Valdosta City Council then elected a new mayor pro tem. Payton nominated John Eunice, at-large, to serve as mayor pro tem. There were no other nominations and Eunice was elected unanimously.

Eunice was elected to city council at the age of 18, and is the youngest member of the city council and the youngest ever elected in Valdosta’s history.

He thanked the council for their vote of trust in placing him in the position of serving as mayor pro tem.

Several in the audience participated in the citizens to be heard section of the meeting including Joanne Griner, chairman of the DostaFest celebration taking place on Jan. 15 and a member of the sesquicentennial committee.

To kick off the 150th birthday celebration of the city, DostaFest will highlight downtown Valdosta as well as the city’s history from 6-9 p.m. on Jan. 15. Festivities will kick off at 6 p.m. on the courthouse steps with opening ceremonies, Griner said.

Several people will be dressed in period outfits from the 1860s, along with other attractions during the event, she said.

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