Hinesville’s District 5 has two candidates fighting for the City Council seat — incumbent Kenneth Shaw and challenger Angela Wilson.
Shaw, 64, is a lifelong resident of Hinesville and has been a councilman for four terms.
He graduated from Bradwell Institute and received his emergency-medical technician certification from what is now Savannah Technical College. He worked as an EMT with Liberty Regional Medical Center for 42 years until his retirement.
His top issues include keeping a budget with a low millage rate, youth recreation and bringing more quality jobs to Hinesville. He also wants to encourage more businesses in the downtown area and make sure the city is business-friendly.
“I want them to know that I have been very productive back in my district,” he said.
He went on to say that he is visible and accessible in his district year-round, not just during election season.
Shaw later added, “And I feel like there is no greater call for a person than to serve their fellow man.”
If elected, he said, this may be his last term in office “unless God say otherwise.”
“I want to give someone else a chance to serve in that capacity. To have a — to sit at the table and make decisions for the citizens of Hinesville.”
Wilson has been a resident of Hinesville for more than 16 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in business from Brewton-Parker College and is working on completing her Master in Business Administration. Wilson is the sponsorship and advertising manager for Morale, Welfare and Recreation Marketing on Fort Stewart.
Her top issues include giving first responders a living wage, supporting families, and making Hinesville business-friendly.
“I want to make sure they have a living wage,” Wilson said of first responders. “They have not had any type of pay increase in five years. I think that’s ridiculous.”
She wants Hinesville to be a place where young adults and families can find recreation opportunities and have good-paying jobs after college. Wilson said her own daughter tried to move home after college, but could not make a living in Hinesville.
“We’ve got to get better jobs here that pay a better wage,” she said.
Wilson wants to make Hinesville business-friendly by getting rid of ordinances that hinder business growth.
“So I just want to make sure folks know that I am here: I’m going to fight for our families. I’m going to fight for our first responders,” she said. “And I’m going to fight to bring more business — and hopefully businesses that give higher wages to the folks here in Hinesville — so we can keep the dollars here.”