Campaign Fever

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

Campaign fever has hit several Valley communities, including the River City. Two opponents have lined up against an incumbent who hasn't even announced if he is running again.

Lorie Smith, the woman who has served on the School Board for 4 years, chairing it for 3, now has her eye on a seat in council chambers.

"I am a native of Waynesboro and I have tremendous passion for our citizens, our community and a vision I feel Waynesboro is in position to go after at this point," she said.

Smith wants to help the River City go after it by going after a City Council seat herself.

"It's about growth, vision and quality of life for our citizens and children," Smith explained. "I want to bring those same quality to City Council and bring a well-rounded approach to issues where they can be made data-driven decisions being made on behalf of citizens and a high level of advocacy for our citizens."

She praised council for bringing development to the West Side, but says she will push for government involvement in other things too.

"We can't appropriately and adequately address a vision for the city without talking about trying to go back and pick up areas of our infrastructure that are weak which will end up yielding and compromising services for our citizens."

The same citizens she hopes will check her name in May.

Dubose Egelston is the second candidate. We were not able to reach him for an interview Thursday. Reo Hatfield is the incumbent.

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