Valdosta Daily Times

November 30, 2013

New Hahira mayor continues career of civil service

Takes oath of office on Jan. 1

Stuart Taylor
The Valdosta Daily Times

HAHIRA — It was a tight four-way race for Hahira's mayoral seat this year, but in the end, Bruce Cain held a slight, five-vote lead over Rose Adams.

“Ms. Adams ran a really tight race,” said Cain. “I think we both worked real hard for it.”

Born and raised in Hahira, Cain worked as a civil engineer for the city of Valdosta. He moved to Valdosta in the early ‘70s, but moved back to Hahira in 1988.

After 36 years as a civil engineer, Cain retired. He ran for a Hahira City Council seat in 2007, winning it along with reelection in 2011.

“I enjoyed being able to help the people. It's something I've enjoyed all my life, so I wanted to be able to get into it.”

He gave up his seat earlier this year to run for mayor. It's a decision he had been dwelling on for a couple of years.

“A lot of citizens had talked to me about it. They were, I hate to say it, but kind of ready for a change...It was a hard choice. I was approached a couple of years ago. I did a lot of soul searching, but didn't make up my mind until this year.”

With the election behind him and his swearing in coming soon, Cain has a number of things he'd like to accomplish once in office, first and foremost preparing for Hahira's ISO evaluation that's due to start in December of 2014.

“The previous council and mayor worked hard to keep it at a four. We want to maintain it, but of course if there's any way we can bump it to a three, we'll give it a shot.”

Cain also wants to see Hahira adopt a five-year plan, something done in years past.

As part of the plan, Cain would like to see a downtown development authority involved with bringing businesses to Hahira, an expansion of Hahira's water treatment facilities, and a rewriting of Hahira's subdivision regulations.

As an former civil engineer, Cain plans on taking care of Hahira's engineering needs as much as possible.

“Eighty percent of services, I can take care of myself.”

Cain also wants to keep Hahira's low tax rates intact.

“I would have to say the biggest challenge right now, because of the state the U.S. Is in, would be trying to keep the taxes lower. That's one thing I really like doing.”

And for Hahira's citizens, Cain just wants them to know he plans to be a hands-on mayor.

“I'll be there for them whenever they need me. They can call me and my door's always open for them.”

Cain will take the oath of office and begin his term on Jan. 1, 2014.