In the upcoming Eatonton City Council election, while Ward 3 is the only city council seat where the incumbent has a challenger, Ward 1 is the only seat where an incumbent chose not to run for re-election.
The qualified candidate for Ward 1 is Mylle Mangum, who is running without opposition. Incumbent William C. Mangum Jr., Mylle’s husband, has held the seat for over 10 years and decided it was time to move on.
“When I served in the legislature, after I’d served I think 18 to 19 years, I just didn’t run again,” Mr. Mangum said. “After I had been out 15 to 20 years, there were some people that I served with still down there, and I’m not one of those to stay until I’m defeated. I stay until I think I’ve served a reasonable time, then I’m ready to let young blood come in.”
Mrs. Mangum is an experienced businesswoman, having been involved in a number of national businesses across multiple fields, from retail to travel services and many things in between. She is on the board of trustees of Piedmont College, the board of business schools for Emory University, the board at Gatewood schools and the Putnam Development Authority board. In the past, she also served as the chairwoman of the board at the Plaza Arts Center.
With Mr. Mangum’s expensive background as a public servant, from the Georgia legislature to the Eatonton City Council, Mrs. Mangum said she feels she’s learned a lot from him.
Mrs. Mangum’s main focus is on Eatonton’s continued growth.
“I [also] work with the Putnam Development Authority, and so it’s great to be able to talk about growth in Eatonton to help in terms of jobs growth and business growth, which will help with revenues,” Mangum said. “The economy of Georgia is very robust right now and I would love for us to get more than our fair share.”
Mangum said that she, as her husband always did, looks forward to serving the constituents of Ward 1.
There is a responsibility, she said, for everyone to work together as a community with the county and within the state, and Mangum hopes to “continue the strong work everybody has been doing, and accelerate it and improve it.”