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VSU student runs for Valdosta City Council

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) – A Valdosta State University student is running for a spot on Valdosta's City Council.

He says he'll focus on bringing more jobs to the community. The man who's leaving the seat was also a VSU student when he was elected.

Keith Lee is running for Valdosta City Council. He's also a senior at Valdosta State University, graduating in December with a political science degree.

"Of all the places in Georgia, Valdosta feels like home and if I'm going to live here I feel like it's my responsibility to serve the people," said Lee.

Prior to college, he spent seven years in the Navy. "A lot of citizens have voiced concern about fiscal responsibility," said Lee. "I think it's important right now to focus on job creation than irresponsible spending."

He says he'd like more students to stay in Valdosta after they graduate.

The youngest person ever elected to city council in Georgia was also a student when ran for the seat.

The seat is being vacated by John Eunice was a freshman at Valdosta State University when he was elected to the councilman at large position.

He's leaving the council to go to law school. Lee's motto is "bridging the gap."

"Better integration as far as maybe a downtown campus, downtown dormitory," said Lee. "This isn't just something I came up with, these are actually ideas that have been presented to me by professors and students."

"We're proud," said Demario Jones, the VSU Student Government Association President, "We're ecstatic."

He hopes to have a forum for all city councilman at large candidates in the fall.

"I'm a registered voter and it's a part of the democratic process everyone should take part in," said Jones. "I'd love for all the candidates to come out and participate."

Eunice's dad John L. Eunice III and Ben Norton, a middle school teacher, have also qualified to run for the seat.

The special election will be held in November.

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