The Valdosta Daily Times
Since Lowndes County Commissioner Richard Raines announced that he would stick to his campaign promise and only serve one term, several have expressed interest in his District II seat.
Jody T. Hall, 61, announced his candidacy for the position this week.
Hall was born and raised in Lowndes County and he graduated from Lowndes High School. After he graduated, Hall joined the Air Force serving in the Civil Engineering management department where he had the opportunity to be on the team that worked on Air Force One.
Spending ten years traveling the world for the Air Force, Hall began to miss the place he called home, Lowndes County.
“I've got a vested interest in this county. I love Lowndes County. I've traveled around the world, seen and experienced other forms of government,” Hall said. “And I love Lowndes County. When I was younger, I couldn't wait to leave, and when I got away from here, I couldn't wait to come back.”
Once back in Lowndes County, Hall decided to use his electrical and carpentry skills to build sets for Lowndes County High School's theatrical productions. This launched his 30 year career as a prop maker and special effects coordinator for the movie industry.
“I traveled all over Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and the Caribbean, working on movies,” Hall recalled.
“I've worked hundreds of TV shows and thousands of commercials. I loved it, I really did.”
Now retired, Hall vows to be an active commissioner, and represent all of Lowndes County.
“I will be a full time county commissioner. I will go anywhere in the county. I will be visible in different areas of the county. You can come see me in Hahira, Lake Park, and Dasher,” Hall said. “If you call me with a problem, I may not call you back, but I will knock on your door because I am a firm believer in face to face communication.”
Hall continued, “I want to work for the people of Lowndes County, not for me. A lot of people ask me what my agenda is, and my agenda is Lowndes County, and when I say Lowndes County that includes Valdosta also; I'll represent everybody with a Georgia tag that says Lowndes on it.”
Sitting on the Greater Lowndes Planning Commission, Hall also regularly attends county and city meetings.
“I've been very active in the local government for the last several years. I attend the city council meetings in Hahira, Valdosta, Dasher, Lake Park, listening to the people. That's what I plan on doing,” Hall said.
When Hall was in the movie industry and had employees working for him, he always requested their honesty. He would tell them, “If I ask a question, don't ever tell me what you think I want to hear. Tell me the correct answer, and we'll go from there.” .
When asked if he abides by those same standards as a politician, Hall said, “Oh, absolutely. I can sit and talk and we may get up from the table still disagreeing, but we'll know why. I will listen to anyone’s opinion and I am willing to work with it toward suitable ends for the both of us. Meaning the county and the public.”
This is the third time Hall has made a run for public office, saying, “The general love for Lowndes County is the reason I think I need to serve.”