The Union Recorder

Election 2013

October 29, 2013

District 4 Q&A: Walter Reynolds

Walter Reynolds is a lifelong resident of Milledgeville and Baldwin County. He is a graduate of Baldwin High School and Georgia Military College.

District 4 Q&A: Walter Reynolds

Walter Reynolds is a lifelong resident of Milledgeville and Baldwin County. He is a graduate of Baldwin High School and Georgia Military College. He also studied rhetoric at Georgia College & State University before taking a management position with Z97. He serves as treasurer of the Oconee River Greenway Foundation and is the chairman of the Young Professionals of Milledgeville.

Q: Why should citizens of your district vote for you?

A: I would ask my neighbors to vote for me because I am dedicated to this community and am willing to lend all of my skills and gifts to see my hometown succeed. As a councilman, I will always do my best to represent our city and work hard to promote the things that make this town great. More than anything, it is a representative’s job to listen. My door will always be open to those who see where improvements can be made. Together we can make Milledgeville a shining example of what a community is supposed to be. Through public-private partnerships, we can clean up our city, expand our green spaces and public parks, and bring new businesses to town.  

Q: Will you support allowing a unification measure to go to ballot for citizens to decide — yes or no? Please explain your answer.

A: I believe that it is the up to the citizens of a community to decide how they are governed. I will support adding the unification of Milledgeville and Baldwin County to a ballot for a vote. It will not show immediate savings, but in the long run we will be able to better serve the residents of both the city and county. A unified government will also make it easier to do business in our town and eliminate overlap of services. Rather than fighting over franchise fees, 911 fees and SPLOST funds, we can put the community first.  

Q: Do you feel the city’s ethics policy makes a strong enough statement? Should changes be made to the policy?

A: The city’s ethics policy takes a clear stance on unscrupulous behaviors and defines what improper conduct is for both officials and employees. My understanding is that there were several delays in getting through the process, which is understandable since this was the first times we’ve had to put the ethics committee to work. We can learn from our mistakes, we can improve and expedite the process. I would like to the thank the men and women involved for their patience and diligence in hearing out this matter.

Q: How can city officials strengthen communication between city and county leaders and departments?

A: There are now regular meetings of city and county leaders, which is a great improvement. Just being able to sit down, face to face, and communicate is putting us on a path to better cooperation.

Q: As a member of Council, how will you support the Central State Hospital redevelopment efforts?

A: I will do everything that I can to continue to serve the CSHLRDA. It is vitally important that the efforts to develop CSH continue to move forward. There is legislation in the works to allow us more direct control over the campus and to expedite the process of allowing more businesses to set up shop at the old state hospital.

Q: How will you support the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Communiversity project at the former Shaw building and what other efforts can be made to retain young professionals in this community after they graduate?

A: The Communiversity is a great new development for the city and I hope that it will bring varied sections of the community closer together. There has been talk of using part of the space as a business incubator, which would be the perfect springboard to launch new small businesses into the CSH campus. It’s all tied together in my eyes. Low cost office space, utilities, collaboration space, and community support — if we can offer young entrepreneurs these sorts of incentives, they may succeed in their venture and stay in the city that helped make it possible.
I am excited about the chance to make a difference for Milledgeville. With your support we can make Milledgeville a city that works at the speed of business.  

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