MILLEDGEVILLE — The Milledgeville Area Patriots held a “Candidate Forum” for the upcoming Nov. 5 city elections at Victory Baptist Church Thursday night.
All city candidates present spoke about their plans and visions for Milledgeville.
• District 2 Ross Sheppard (Challenger):
Sheppard highlighted three major campaign points including shaking our dependence on a state based economy, making city ordinances and regulations more business friendly and utilizing thousands of college students living within the city.
“I think City Hall should be the biggest resource for someone that wants to start a business and invest in the community,” Sheppard said. “Currently with anything I've tried to do, I've found it to be a pretty large obstacle.”
Sheppard is a big proponent of historic preservation and keeping young people engaged.
“I've always been a part of this community and want to remain a part of it. In order to do that I think things need to change or I and everyone else my age is going to be forced to go off somewhere,” Sheppard said.
• District 2 Jeanette Walden (Incumbent):
The 16-year Council veteran highlighted a long Milledgeville history in District 2.
“I will and I have served with commitment, honesty and hard work for my constituents and my community,” she said.
Walden got involved with city employee risk management and pension committees throughout her tenure.
The District 2 incumbent said the city operated in good financial condition with a steady millage rate.
“We've even been able to give employee raises,” Walden said.
She serves as an ex-officio member of the Central State Hospital Local Redevelopment Authority board funded in full by the city.
Walden said the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Communiversity at the Shaw Building and Central State redevelopment give the city a chance to grow an industrial base for the future of the entire community.