Valdosta - The city has a new mayor-elect. John Fretti will replace late Mayor James Rainwater. The storage company owner swept past casket salesman Benny Mitcham tonight with 80-percent of the votes. "We're so excited and it feels surreal, but it will sink in soon," said John Fretti.
Mayor elect John Fretti is eager to take the helm at city hall. First on his agenda, building a partnership between the surrounding counties in the Valdosta metropolitan statistical area. "That partnership includes transportation and social issues, and working for the good of the entire region," said Fretti.
And a personal goal, helping the city move past the controversy surrounding this mayor's race. "The past two and a half weeks have been hard, and the community is fractured," said Fretti. "I plan to start that healing immediately."
Fretti encourages citizens to let him know their concerns. He says his door at city hall is always open. "Call, email, let us know what you want," said Fretti. "The people have spoken tonight and I want them to continue to speak."
Fretti will be sworn in as mayor in January. Former Mayor Pro Tem David Sumner will serve as mayor until then.