A fourth hat was thrown into the mayoral ring Saturday morning: Kevin J. Bussey.
Bussey, his wife, Chelsea Bussey, and their four children gathered at the Lowndes County Historic Courthouse steps to announce his candidacy to supporters holding flyers and wearing T-shirts promoting his run.
“With much thought and many prayers, today I make my official announcement for my candidacy for mayor of Valdosta,” Bussey said. “I’m running because it’s time for a change.”
At 32, he is the youngest candidate in the mayoral race. His age was something he highlighted in his speech stating Valdosta needs more millennial representation.
If elected, he said he wants to encourage economic development, develop a public transportation system, assist efforts to end homelessness and be a voice for those who don’t have one in the community.
“The millennial generation has sat in the shadows for far too long without having any representation,” Bussey said. “We need a leader who has a vision but understands how public policy, public safety and city finances work. We need someone who inspires, motivates and listens to everyone — not just those that have great lobbyists or good connections with the movers and shakers.”
Bussey grew up in Valdosta on Wisenbaker Lane and went through the Valdosta City Schools system before joining the Army.
When he retired for medical reasons in 2015, he moved to Washington, D.C., to work for the White House and the Department of Commerce.
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SOURCE: Valdosta Daily Times – Katelyn Umholtz