Valdosta - Flags are flying at half staff in memory of Mayor James H. Rainwater.
Rainwater died of a heart attack at home Sunday morning. The Valdosta City Council will hold a special meeting tomorrow to appoint someone to fill his seat until an election in November.
Voting machines have already been programmed with Rainwater's name on the ballot but signs will be posted at precincts informing voters of his death.
"His death is definitely going to effect the election because we've lost the front-runner, but I think we really need to stand behind the other candidates now, learn more about them, and trust that our city will be in good hands," said Joe Severns, Voter.
All city offices will be closed from 10:30 to 12:30 Wednesday for the mayor's funeral, which will be at 11:00 Wednesday morning at First Baptist Church in Valdosta.
James Rainwater served as Valdosta mayor since 1988.