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By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –John L. Eunice wants the Valdosta City council seat that his son vacated this year.

Eunice faced two opponents last Tuesday. Now it's down to Eunice and school teacher Ben Norton in the runoff November 30th.

John Eunice and Ben Norton face each other again in a run-off.

"It's not our first run off," said Eunice. "We helped my son with his first campaign was a run off as well. I do believe we have the momentum from receiving the majority of the votes."

Eunice received 44.4 percent of the votes and norton was second with 22.6 percent of the vote.

Eunice says he'll continue campaigning hard talking to people in the community and staying energized over the next three weeks. Norton has started a new approach called ten for Ben. He's getting each of his friends, family members, and supporters to recruit ten voters each to hit the polls.

"It's another opportunity to meet people in Valdosta," said Norton. "To come out a second time is not always the easiest thing for people to do but we are excited and I want to encourage everyone I know to come out."

And while both candidates are optimistic about their chances of winning, they're concerned about voter turn out.

"That's why the day after the campaign we started making phone calls again," said Eunice. "I've already been out since seven this morning making a few contacts."

"Statistics show us that a run off election is not well attended," said Norton. "People don't often come out and vote but I still encourage people to still do that just like it was the first primary."

John L. Eunice is a retired Air Force colonel who works as the deputy base engineer at Moody Air Force Base. Norton is a teacher at J.L. Newbern Middle School. He's been teaching for 23 years.

The runoff is November 30. The Valdosta Board of Elections office expect to get the new ballots later this week and soon after early voting begins.

 
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