All nine Hinesville City Council candidates in contested races were given a couple of minutes to introduce themselves and state their platforms during the Liberty County Joint Political Forum on Monday evening at the Performing Arts Center.
District 4 Councilman Keith Jenkins is running unopposed.
Here are summaries of each council candidate’s statement:
Diana F. Reid: It is her desire to give back to the community in which she lives, and being a city councilwoman would give her that opportunity. Reid also said she can and will work with leaders in the community, state and the military to ensure cohesiveness on all levels of government.
Cathey Winn:She wants to be the voice with the new vision. She wants to work with the youth and create a community center for them. Winn also wants to encourage employment and look for affordable housing for everyone.
Jason Floyd (incumbent): He mentioned that during his time as councilman, Hinesville has grown while much of the state has contracted. He will also continue to pursue opportunities to encourage business growth, both retail and small business.
Andrew Williams: He’s a current Liberty County planning commissioner, and he wants to enhance the city’s quality of life, including creating a youth internship-work program. Williams also wants to continue the downtown-revitalization project along with developing new retail business and new residential areas.
Vicky Nelson: She wants to find alternative and creative ways for funding other than tax increases. She pledges to be available, accessible and accountable as a member of City Council.
Arthur Nixon: His platform is to be a voice for the people by speaking with a strong, clear and concise voice for those who are unable to speak for themselves.
Joseph B. Stuart: He discussed how in 1994, he helped with stopping the city from dumping in a lot, and it led to Irene Thomas Park being built. He wants to reward homeowners with a tax refund and propose that council members can serve only two consecutive terms.
Kenneth Shaw (incumbent): He said that while the council has not satisfied everyone, he thinks about how he, too, has to pay taxes, so he does the best he can to serve his district. Shaw said his platform is to “faithfully represent the citizens of the 5th District and to work with the other council members and the mayor for the best of all the citizens of Hinesville.”
Angela Wilson: She wants to be an advocate for first responders and make sure they get paid more. Wilson said that “our current administration can’t give out the raises that they should because they’re busy having planning trips to St. Simons and making big pay increases for themselves,” and she wants to change that.