Valdosta Daily Times

September 6, 2013

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — THUMBS UP: To District 2 City Council member Deidra White. Last week, White decided not to seek reelection to the City Council post. “I have enjoyed my tenure on the Council, would not trade the experience for anything, and I feel that I leave the City, because of the teamwork and efforts of the elected officials and staff, in better condition than it was four years ago,” White said, “however, I have two other full-time jobs which I must now make my priority: my two downtown restaurants and the most important and valued job I’ll ever have, being a Mom to my two children.” She remains a council member for the remainder of the year, and we thank White for her service.

THUMBS UP: To all of the people who qualified last week to run for office. Your service is appreciated and we will look to those reelected and newly elected to serve as leaders for the public good.

THUMBS DOWN: To Lake Park City Council members who have been repeatedly absent from meetings for weeks, and in one case, months. The repeated absence of two council members has kept the Lake Park government from being able to act on several measures, including approval of the budget. On Sept. 16, city officials have requested the two council members either attend or the city will consider their seats abandoned leaving them open for temporary replacements. This sad state of affairs should serve as a warning to all candidates who qualified for municipal offices last week: If you’re going to run for office, be prepared to serve the people.

THUMBS UP: To Georgia Christian School on its return to fielding a football team. It has been 46 years since GCS last played football. On Thursday night, Georgia Christian hosted its first home game and won its first outing in nearly five decades in a 10-4 victory over Valwood’s junior varsity team.