City Council race heats up with thruee new candidates.
Alicia Blakely, Linda Wilder-Bryan and Detric Leggett all made their announcement for candidacy in Forsyth Park last Monday. They will be running in the municipal race to be held November 5, 2019.
Blakely announced her candidacy to run for the Savannah aldermanic at-large, post 2 seat. Blakely is an Army veteran and local community activist who works part-time as a longshoreman.
Blakely said she would work to provide funding to Savannah’s social service organizations and ensure that promised projects for communities are completed. She intends to increase the amount of city owned businesses, while contracts going to minori ty fighting for equality for all of Savannah’s residents.
“Be very certain, my argument is not a statement against a certain group of people,” she said. “It is simply a recognition that for some the game is rigged, the odds are crooked and the race is not fair.”
The seat is currently held by Brian Foster, who has not announced whether he will run for re-election.
Community activist Linda Wilder-Bryan announced Monday she’s running for the District 3 aldermanic seat.
The seat is currently held by Alderman John Hall.
Wilder-Bryan says she hopes to provide a voice for Savannah’s residents. Her focus is on poverty, public safety and community policing.
“Finally we’ll have a voice for the people, for all people,” said Wilder Bryan. “I’m just amazed and just blessed to be able to stand in front of people and say we can do better and we will do better.”
Incumbent John Hall has already filed his declaration of intent to run for re-election.
Detric Leggett announced his intention to run for Savannah’s 2nd District aldermanic seat in this November’s municipal election.
Leggett is a local community activist who works as an operating room specialty technician at Memorial Health University Medical Center.
Leggett said he is going to work for transparency and connectedness, while embracing all of the second district and not just downtown. He wants to increase police numbers, awareness and training and prioritize investment in youth services. He said he also supports the adoption of term limits for Savannah’s aldermen and holding city council meetings in the evening to provide improved access for the public.
The seat is currently held by Bill Durrence, who has not announced his intention to seek re-election.