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November 6, 2013

Incumbents retain Council seats

City election turnout only 20 percent



• Steve Chambers (District 6 Incumbent)

Chambers has served three full terms and a one-year unexpired term on City Council. He serves on the South Eastern Fabricare Association board that represents dry cleaners in the Southeast and is immediate past president and board chair.

The District 6 winner defeated challenger Andrew Strickland 234 to 151.

As a small business owner, Chambers thinks he still has the “time, energy and desire” to fill the obligations of an elected official.

“I have the experience, knowledge and leadership skills that are needed to help lead this city through these most difficult times,” Chambers said to the U-R.

After hearing news of his reelection, Chambers was somber about the low voter turnout.

“I’m excited about the opportunity. I’m disappointed in the low voter turnout. I don’t know what the reason of it is,” he said.

Chambers said he looks forward to welcoming Reynolds to the “teamwork started over the last four years.” 

• Mayor Richard Bentley (Incumbent)

Bentley returns for his third consecutive mayoral term. He tallied 880 votes to John Grant, Jr.’s total of 259.

“My vision for Milledgeville has always been to do everything possible to make our city the envy of our peers. Even in this most difficult of times, we have actually faired better than some of our peer cities,” Bentley told the U-R. 

After results were finalized, Bentley explained a clear mission for the next term.

“I wanted a third term simply because I think we are starting to make the turn to recovery, and I wanted to be a part of that recovery and being able to utilize the assets we have here for the betterment of the community,” the mayor said. “After the end of these four years if I can look back and see the results of our hard work, it will be worthwhile.”

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