John Gayle

VALDOSTA — Valdosta Mayor John Gayle will run for re-election.

The announcement was made in front of City Hall Friday morning.

“The last three and a half years have been a very rewarding experience for me,” Gayle said. “I have met so many unbelievable people and I’ve been able to work with a council that has been cooperative. I think that I have met a spirit of cooperation to a lot of organizations around this town.”

Gayle cited the relationship between the city and Lowndes County, a relationship that he vowed to improve when running for mayor in 2011.

“We have accomplished a lot,” Gayle said. “We’ve entered into a contract to build a new wastewater treatment plant and a force main. Those two projects are well ahead of schedule.”

Gayle said one of his primary goals was to be an advocate for Moody Air Force Base.

“I think we’ve accomplished a lot in that area,” Gayle said. “We feel very good about the status of Moody now. We can’t lose Moody, and we’re hoping that base is going to be secure, even with the sequestration and the change in the A-10 mission, Moody is still going to be strong.”

Gayle said that there are a number of things he can be thankful for, “and for that reason, I plan to run again.”

“There are so many things that I want to finish, and we are in the process now of reviewing all of our ordinances and trying to make the city a more business-friendly city for developers to work in, and we realize that we have some problems with some of our ordinances and we’re a little bit strong with some of them,” he said.

Gayle said that he was hopeful that the people of the city would see fit to vote for him for another four-year term.

“I promise you, I will give 100 percent if elected,” he said.

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