Get to know local representatives

Published 3:58 pm Friday, March 1, 2019

Just about every public board in Chambers County has had a new member either appointed or elected over the last few months, and it’s a lot to keep up with.

In February, Candace Lyons was sworn in as the newest member of the Chambers County Board of Education.

Lyons took over Chris Busby’s vacant seat and will represent District 2.

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The Valley City Council appointed Jim Clark as its newest member earlier this week. Clark succeeds Paul Story, the county’s new Probate Judge and will represent District One.

In LaFayette, Charlotte Blasingame and David Ennis are campaigning to represent District B.

Voters will decide the winner on March 26 which candidate gets to represent them on the council.

The West Point City Council also has a vacant council seat.

The council accepted applications through Feb. 26 and is expected to interview candidates on March 7.

Benjamin Wilcox stepped down from his seat on Jan. 14 after accepting the position of municipal court assistant judge, so whoever gets appointed will fill his spot.

Depending on where you live, one of these changes likely impacts your community. These are the people that make important decisions every day.

They manage how local entities spend their money and determine the city or board of education’s focus.

When the school board determines whether or not consolidating high schools is the right move, Lyons will be in the room and have a say in the final decision.

Blasingame or Ennis will jump right in as LaFayette tries to figure out how it wants to handle dilapidated property and other local issues.

West Point and Valley have plenty of things on the horizon.

Clark and whoever fills the West Point seat will have big decisions to make.

A lot of focus is put on national elections and on the president, the House and Senate.

Those positions are obviously important, but those representatives do not make decisions on a daily basis that affect our local communities.

However, the new men and women on councils and boards in Chambers County will.

We suggest getting to know the new representative in your local city.

After all, that person will essentially be representing you on major decisions in the future.