Meet the Candidates 2019, organized by the Valdosta Lowndes Chamber of Commerce: no questions from the audience, but Gretchen Quarterman videoed for LAKE the few minutes each candidate for Valdosta Mayor, City Council, or Valdosta Board of Education held forth. Plus seven minutes about SPLOST, the Special Local Option Sales Tax, the only thing voters in the unincorporated parts of Lowndes County get to vote on this election season.
Below are links to each LAKE video Gretchen took, followed by a LAKE video playlist.
- Kevin Bussey – Valdosta Mayoral Candiate
- Scott James Mattheson – Valdosta Mayoral Candiate
- JD Rice – Valdosta Mayoral Candiate
- David Sumner – Valdosta Mayoral Candiate
- Adrian Rivers – Valdosta At LargeCandiate
- Jeremy Stone – Valdosta At LargeCandiate
- Edgar Tooley – Valdosta At LargeCandiate
- David Gilliard – Valdosta School Board Candidate
- Kelisa Brown – Valdosta School Board Candiate
- Ben Norton – Valdosta At Large Candiate
Mike Gudley talks about the SPLOST referendum
Video. “Fairest tax”? Actually, a sales tax is the most regressive kind of tax, because poor people have no choice but to pay it on food and other things they need to live, while rich people may choose to buy other things or not. He made the usual brag that half of SPLOST is paid by people from outside Lowndes County. Which is a small argument against the regressive nature of the tax.
And also a reason Valdosta needs to fix its wastewater: people from downstream in Florida also pay SPLOST in Lowndes County when they come here. SPLOST is how Valdosta hopes to get another $40 million for water and wastewater fixes, which we all want.
- Thank you from sponsors
Here’s a LAKE video playlist:
Valdosta Chamber Candidate Forum 2019-10-08
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia.
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