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Midway has five seeking four city council seats
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Midway has four seats on its city council. - photo by File photo

There are five people, including the outgoing mayor, running for the four seats on the Midway City Council.

After all the early and absentee votes, which start Monday, and Nov. 7 election day ballots are counted, the top four vote getters will be seated.

The only incumbent councilman not seeking re-election is Levern Clancy, who is running for mayor.

Here are profiles of the candidates who responded to requests for information from the Courier:

Melice Gerace

Midway City Councilwoman Melice Gerace, 57, is running to retain her seat.

Gerace was born in Savannah and moved to Midway in 1976. She is a digital training facility manager on Fort Stewart. Gerace graduated high school and has more than 72 hours of municipal training. She’s been married for 14 years, has five children and eight grandchildren.

Gerace believes she is qualified to remain on the council because, along with being a Midway resident for 41 years, she is a former business owner, served on the Liberty County Planning Commission for five years and the city council for eight years.

If re-elected Gerace plans to address adding more pedestrian-friendly areas, such as sidewalks, parks and picnic areas.

"I want to repair and maintain our streets and roads," Gerace said. "I would like to see a more strict code enforcement to address the blight. To create a clean, attractive city we can be proud of."

T. Gerald Lee

Newcomer T. Gerald Lee, 59, is running for a council seat.

Lee describes himself as a "military kid." His father was born and raised in Atlanta. His father retired from the Navy after 20 years and his family returned to Atlanta, where Lee grew up.

He has been the residential mortgage banker at Ameris Bank in Hinesville for four years and worked in the mortgage industry for over 20 years.

He is a graduate of Morris Brown College where he earned athletic and academic honors.

Lee has been married to his high school sweetheart, former Liberty County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Valya Lee, for 38 years, and they have two children and 10 grandchildren.

Lee said he’s running because he believes in Midway and the community.

"Everyone deserves a shot at his or her dreams, especially young people," Lee said. "To accomplish this, I promise to listen and to engage in our neighborhoods. I promise to roll up my sleeves and fight for what is right for each and every family in our neighborhood."

Lee said he’s qualified because he held many appointed positions where he represented the community and is committed to serving others.

"As a resident of Midway for four years, I have seen and continue to see firsthand the endless possibilities for economic growth and development," Lee said. "In addition to avenues for increasing employment throughout the city, I am especially interested in lasting opportunities at the Interstate 95 gateway."

Three issues he would like to address if elected are economic advancement, water purification, and community aesthetics and beautification to attract businesses.

He believes Midway is ready for economic growth and said he will be committed to making it happen.

"I am a hardworking man, a person of my word; a diehard, a very committed individual," he said. "Any endeavor I undertake, I see it through to completion or at the very least to a favorable outcome."

Dr. Clemontine

Washington

Dr. Clemontine Washington, 72, is the current mayor of Midway and is looking to stay involved with the city council. The city doesn’t allow mayors to serve more than two consecutive terms.

Along with her mayoral duties, Washington is a retired school administrator. She earned a bachelor’s of science degree, doctorate of education and is an education specialist. She has one son.

Washington is running to "assure that the Midway City Council will be composed of individuals with a keen understanding of municipal government, who have time to devote to the position and are knowledgeable of the direction in which the city is moving," she said.

She believes her educational background, municipal training, experience as mayor and councilmember, support of Liberty County agencies and organizations qualify her to serve on the council.

Three issues she wants to address if elected are the elimination of blight, completion of the new city hall complex and providing activities for the community.

"I have worked hard to make improvements throughout the city and I have represented the city in an exemplary manner in all areas of municipal government," Clemontine said.

Others

Stanley Brown and Henry Stevens are also running for Midway city council. Brown did not want to be interviewed and Stevens was unable to submit his responses.

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