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November 5, 2003

Valdosta - A runoff is scheduled for the City Council At Large seat, between two quite different candidates.

Eighteen-year-old John Eunice may soon be the youngest city councilman in Valdosta history. "I want to bring a fresh perspective to this community," said Eunice. "I'm am the future, and that's the way this city is moving."

Opposed by four other candidates in the city council at large race, he received 27.76 percent of votes. Eunice says his success is a direct result of constant campaigning. He knocked on hundreds of doors and particularly campaigned with students at Valdosta State University. "From what I understand, we had a record voter turnout among college students and I think that's because I'm a candidate they can refer to."

And even though he's young, he has big plans for the city. "Transportation needs to be addressed," said Eunice. "This city is definitely not getting any smaller, and we have to prepare for growth."

Sixty-three votes ahead is 76-year-old Richard Stewart. He's been on the city council for seven years, served as mayor and mayor pro tem in the 1960's, and says his background in accounting is a big plus. "After the passing of Mayor Rainwater, the city needs stability and continuity," said Stewart. "We also need a certified public accountant to look after the budget."

Stewart says with the election of a new mayor, the city needs an experienced council. "An inexperienced mayor needs the guidance of an experienced council," said Stewart. "The mayor doesn't even get a vote unless there's a tie among the council members."

Whether the city wants a fresh face with new ideas or a more experienced candidate will be decided in the runoff November 25th.

posted at 3:25 by ashley.harper@walb.com