Vidalia voters have critical choice to make

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 7, 2016

Vidalia voters certainly have two distinctly different choices come next month’s mayor’s race.

The incumbent, Hyram Copeland, seeks to be reelected to a position he’s held for nearly one-quarter century.

Prior to his election as Vidalia mayor in 1992, Copeland served on the Vidalia Town Council since 1976, meaning he’s spent the last 40 years with his hands involved in Vidalia’s government.

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He seeks to continue carrying on the work he’s been doing.

If you’re a Vidalia voter and are happy with the way the town has been operating, then Copeland should get your vote.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is first-time politician, Buz Craft.

The banker-turned fisherman has never been elected to office before.

In fact, Craft admits he probably has a lot to learn about the inner workings of town government, but views his banking experience and common sense will give him an edge and equip him to challenge the status quo, at least a bit.

Likely the biggest issues in the race will come down to the much-debated Square on Carter and the town’s use of rebate money that comes from the town’s stake in the hydroelectric plant.

Copeland supports the Square on Carter, despite being told by the state that it’s land speculating with taxpayer money.

Craft suggests the deal needs to die — we agree.

Craft’s fresh eyes and untainted background may best equip him for the mayor’s seat.

Deciding should be an easy choice for voters — the status quo or something new.