Local man Wes Ehlers has also announced that he will be seeking the District 1 seat of the Tifton City Council for the Nov. 5 election, and he’s anticipating a great race.
Ehlers says since he was age 18 he has voted because he was taught that voting is a wonderful gift and a civic responsibility.
“Voting gives you a chance to speak your mind and cast a ballot on what you believe is right,” he said. This is his first time running as a candidate.
When asked why he decided to run for city councilman, Ehlers said, “I have been fortunate enough to call District 1 my home for 22 years. I was raised on the corner of Meadowbrook Avenue and 22nd Street and now live on 44th Street with my wife, Erica, and son, Keegan. Tifton has given me so much over the years, and I feel that it’s time for me to give back.”
After talking it over with his family and friends and the encouragement and enthusiasm they showed toward the idea of him running for City Council, he decided to enter into the race.
When asked why voters should elect him, and what he would bring to the table as a new councilman, Ehlers replied, “With Mrs. Marianna Keesee deciding not to seek re-election for the City Council, this gives our district an opportunity for a fresh start and a new voice to represent us. As your representative, I pledge honest decision making, being fiscally responsible and one hundred percent transparency with your tax dollars. In the discussions I have had with citizens in District 1, it is apparent that Tifton desires a fresh perspective on city matters, which I will bring. I believe in Tifton and love it. Our small businesses are second to none. Our downtown is the heart of our wonderful city, and we need to continue to strive for more development and growth all over Tifton, but at the same time be fiscally responsible. As a citizen, I see my tax dollars as an investment in my community. My goal is to see our tax dollars being allocated wisely, efficiently and conservatively. I want to protect our investment, which is our city.”
He added, “My background in banking and finance makes me uniquely qualified for this position. I have been blessed to be able to serve the financial needs of the citizens of Tifton for six years. When a customer comes to me seeking a loan, I have to ‘put a pencil’ to their financials, analyze that information and make a decision on whether or not that person is credit worthy. Sometimes those decisions are tough, but I am held accountable to make the best decision for the bank and the customer. These same principles will be used when it comes to decisions made on the City Council.”
Ehlers says he has been talking with folks in his district since he qualified. He said most of the people he has talked with want fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability.
“I am in the process of getting a ‘Town Hall’ forum put together so that I can address questions and give the direction I see Tifton going in,” he advised. Updates on when and where the meeting will take place can be found on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/EhlersDistrict1Tifton.
Ehlers graduated from Tift County High School, and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College with an associate’s degree in business administration management. After ABAC, he graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration management. After graduating, he began his banking career with First Community Bank and is currently working with Colony Bank. He’s a member of First United Methodist Church.
To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.