VALDOSTA -- Temple Ogundu will serve his first term as Hahira's District 2 City Councilman.

Ogundu won with 42 votes over his competitor Charles Kent, who received 24 votes in Tuesday's election. This election is Ogundu's second attempt in running for City Council. He lost by two votes in 1999.

"I feel great now that I've won," Ogundu said. "I thank God, my family and especially the people of Hahira."

Ogundu is succeeding Joel Hunnicutt, who decided not to run. Now that Ogundu is the City Councilman, he is eager to get started.

"I can't wait to go to work," Ogundu said. "The first thing on my agenda is to open City Council meetings so the city can come and voice their opinions."

In addition to promoting community involvement at the City Council meetings, Ogundu also looks forward to working on a four- to five-year strategic plan for Hahira that will show the city's weakness as well as its strengths. He plans to make a positive contribution to the city by increasing the economic resources.

"We need people who are very resourceful and have new ideas, visions, approaches and leadership to increase the revenue base for the city," Ogundu said.

Ogundu is an associate professor of Accounting, Finance and Economics at Moody Air Force Base Park University. He is also a member of the Hahira Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, former vice chairman of the American Red Cross Valdosta chapter board of directors, and a member of the Moody Education and Advisory Planning Committee.

To contact Tameika Carson, please call 244-3400, ext. 247.

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