The Hinesville City Council District 2 seat is currently held by incumbent Jason Floyd, who has been a councilman for five years. Andrew Williams is challenging him.
Floyd, 41, was born at Liberty Regional Medical Center and graduated from Bradwell Institute. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and banking from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree in banking from the University of Wisconsin.
He is a vice president at The Heritage Bank and has worked there for 18 years.
Floyd’s top issues if he is re-elected include the city’s economy and being responsive and accessible to his constituents.
“I’m pro-growth — pro-smart growth — for the city of Hinesville,” he said. “I’ve been active in helping to recruit some new retail to the area. And I’m also trying to encourage growth within our small business in downtown area with the (Hinesville) Downtown Development Authority.”
He also considers himself fiscally responsible.
“I try to make sure the spending is necessary and cut out what I can when I can,” Floyd said. “It’s challenging at times, you know. It takes a majority to do anything. One person can’t really accomplish anything by themselves.”
Floyd said he wants voters to know that he always tries to vote his conscience.
“I don’t really, you know, play favorites to anyone,” he said. “I just do my best to try to do what’s right.”
Williams, 48, is a retired U.S. Army combat veteran who currently works as a Department of the Army civilian in the Directorate of Public Works on Fort Stewart.
He has an undergraduate degree in management from Columbia College and two master’s degrees from Webster University in human-resources management and management and leadership.
He has been a resident of Hinesville for 15 years and is on the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission’s board.
If elected, he wants to help the HDDA with the revitalization of the downtown area. Williams said that as someone with experience as a small-business owner, he could provide input to the HDDA if he becomes a councilman.
Williams also wants to be involved with youth development, including creating a youth council and internships with local business owners.
“But the third thing would definitely be a way to deal with the taxes and how we can reduce our tax rate,” he said. “And, of course, we would look at doing that by, you know, just trying to balance the budget. And also adding retail, which would be very, very important,” he said.
Williams says he cares about the citizens of Hinesville, including retirees, veterans and youth.
“I think one thing that I’d like them to know is that I’m really concerned about the citizens and their quality of life,” he said.