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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

September 5, 2008

SASSER, GA (WALB) - A small south Georgia town is in danger of not having a Mayor. No one qualified to run for Mayor of Sasser, or for four council seats. It's a problem many small towns and some bigger counties are having, finding candidates willing to volunteer to serve.

Now the current Mayor is beating the bushes around town looking for someone who interested in the job.

Just ask any of its 400 citizens and they'll tell you Sasser is a great place. 10:13:34 Shelda "It's quiet, everybody's friendly, you know it's nice," said Shelda Maultin.

Theotis Cheeks says, "Oh, this is a wonderful town to live in, I love it, I love it."

Despite its accolades, it appears no one wants to lead the community. "I didn't know we even had a mayor in Sasser, to be honest," said Maultin. 10:02:18 Larry

"Quite frankly, I think this little town has a lot of potential as far as being a cute little town if we could get more of our people involved." Mayor Larry Hawf's worried this sleepy little town is turning into just that, a bedroom community, where people lay their heads at night, but don't get involved during the day.

He admits the job can be a labor of love. "The time I've had in office in general has been rewarding, not monetarily, but personally it's been rewarding. Hawf and residents hope someone will step up."

"They just you know, just don't, people don't want to get involved. I don't know what the reasoning is. Step up, no matter what their reason," Cheeks says.

Mayor Larry Hawf has contacted three people about the job, two told him no, the third didn't say no, but didn't say yes either. Sasser's elections director is checking with the Secretary of State to determine if Sasser can hold another qualifying period for the position.

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