Finding jobs for young professionals fresh out of college is vital.
“I want to have a community where you could stay for the rest of your life,” Mullins said.
• Daniel McDonald (District 5 challenger)
McDonald sees visions of Milledgeville's greatness and is determined to turn it into a reality.
“I like to dream big and think that we need to, especially when we are coming out of the valley of where we are now. If we aren't on our tip toes reaching for something better, then maybe we are just not trying hard enough,” he said.
Chances for increased downtown development success exist with projects such as The Baldwin Lofts, according to McDonald.
“I think we might explore putting more residential [areas] downtown. Downtown areas thrive when people are there morning, afternoon and night,” he said. “There are many opportunities to make downtown more vibrant and address residential issues surrounding that area.”
McDonald wonders about the future of mental health.
“Many people aren't finding those open doors to the system. That's becoming a larger issue. It's important for all of us to start pushing this issue back up to the state and federal level because these are our brothers and sisters out there,” McDonald said.
The District 5 challenger said constituents echo the “we need jobs” mantra. Working with the Baldwin County Board of Education, students and families will show a trickle down effect.
“For me, I want to use my efforts to improve education in this community. I believe that leadership can impact any sphere it wants as long as it takes the time to put leadership in that direction,” McDonald said. “No one will start a business in our community if they don't believe in our schools.”
• Steve Chambers (District 6 incumbent)
The incumbent has worked in the dry cleaning business for 35 years and applies those principles to public service.