Panel member Henderson asked, “If elected or reelected, will you work with the county representatives?”
Payton said that a working relationship with the county is one of his strengths. He has already worked with the county to solve many issues including Mt. Zion Road and the LOST negotiations. “I am willing to give, to compromise, and to listen.”
Jackson, Payton's opponent, took the stage and said, “If I am elected, I will build strong relationships. I will share information with my constituents and I will work with the county.”
Yost said he has worked to develop a relationship with the county, and the other unincorporated cities, but he will represent District Six and serve its best interest. He also promised to work with the various authorities and commissions around the county.
Miller said that he is a former representative from the City of Remerton, and he already has a great relationship with the county. He promised to be open minded and compromise. “We're all in it together,” Miller said.
Wheeler said, “The city and the county need to be separate.” Wheeler has noticed that when the two coincide, they tend to create monopolies, such as the Park and Recreation Department cuts the grass. Wheeler wants these jobs to be privatized to increase employment for Valdosta.
Hogan said, “We have to work together, that way we can accomplish a lot.” Hogan pointed out that a lack of compromise will always cause problems, but in the end the residents need to be informed, and he promised to be the voice of the people.
Sandra Tooley promised to work with everyone, but first she will gather all of the information, analyze said information, then decide what is best for the city.
Graham promised to bring his leadership experience to the table; he has worked in the local and federal governments.