TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - The race is on for the District 2 seat of the Tift County Board of Commissioners.
Justin M. Lucas announced recently that he's running against the incumbent Melissa Hughes.
"I made up my mind with a group of people that I wanted to make a change in the community," Lucas said.
Lucas, an area pastor, would like to see more activities within District 2, especially for children and the elderly.
"Right now, all of District 2 and District 1, we have to either transport our children across [Highway] 82 or some of them have to walk across [Highway] 82," Lucas added.
He would also like to beautify the area. Lucas told WALB News 10 that he would like to see road improvements and more street lights.
At 24 years old, Lucas, if elected, would be the youngest to serve on the Tift County Board of Commissioners.
"Yes, I have a lot of growing to do, I have a lot of living to do, but I want to grow with Tift County," Lucas said.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Hughes said this is the first time that she's experienced opposition.
"We live here in America, where we live in a democratic place…you have that opportunity and I welcome it," Hughes said.
Hughes was elected District 2 Commissioner nearly eight years ago, making her the first African-American woman elected to serve on the Tift County Board of Commissioners.
The current commissioner said she would like to continue her work within the community.
Hughes mentioned that she's organized street clean-ups, coat drives, and sock drives.
"My service is not only for District 2. I serve Tifton and Tift County. I serve wherever there is a need; I am a servant leader," Hughes said.
Both candidates plan to take their campaigns throughout the community.
Lucas is running as an independent candidate. It is yet to be determined if his name will appear on the ballot or if voters will have to write his name on the ballot.
The general election is set for Tuesday, November 8, 2016.