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January 11, 2006

Thomasville -- A new mayor is settling into office in the Rose City. David Lewis, a veteran, a businessman, was elected by the Thomasville city council Monday.

"I've never been away from Thomasville for more than three years at a time. I've always kept in touch."

Lewis' top priority is to repair or remove dilapidated homes in Thomasville - a way to attract it's new target residents - retirees. "Building new houses or repairing old houses flows into the overall economic picture."

The mayor's first step to doing that is boosting Thomasville's already-strong infrastructure, which ties into his next priority, fostering growth. "We do that, of course, by maintaining law and order, by having rate structures consistent with the need."

Lewis' agenda will be carried out in partnership with the city council. It voted him in unanimously five to zero. "Councilman X or Y can make whatever contribution they can to that particular agenda, or develop a new one we as a council buy in."

A plan of attack from a mayor who's served on more than 10 boards in the Rose City. Among those boards, Lewis has served with the Humane Society and the Thomasville Cultural Center.

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