TIFTON — Tifton City Councilmember Frank Sayles Jr. is running for reelection, according to a press release.
Sayles represents District Four on Tifton City Council.
“Our city has accomplished a lot in the past three-and-a-half years, and there’s much more to be done,” Sayles said in the release.
“I would be honored to again represent our citizens as we help Tifton grow while maintaining our quality of life.”
In the release, Sayles states that “the city council has been tackling several longstanding issues, such as improving infrastructure.”
“Improvement takes time, and we must keep making progress. I am especially proud that we were finally able to repave 16th Street and are now upgrading the water lines and repaving Chesnutt Avenue,” Sayles said in the release.
“We have also made major improvements to Fulwood Park, including adding a dog park and walking trail.”
Sayles is currently serving as vice chairman of the Tifton Downtown Development Authority. He is the immediate past chairman and a founding member of the Tifton-Tift County Public Library Foundation, the release states.
He is on the board and is a past president of the Tifton-Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence; has served on the board of the United Way of South Central Georgia, where he has been president and campaign chairman; is a member of the Tifton Rotary Club, where he is a past president; and has served two terms as president of the Tiftarea YMCA, the release states.
He has been vice chairman of the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce; has served as secretary of the Tifton Merchants Association; and has spent several years on the steering committee for Tifton’s Hometown Holidays Christmas Celebration.
Sayles currently operates a marketing and communications business. He previously managed an assisted living facility in Tifton, spent 12 years as publisher of The Tifton Gazette and served as an editor, reporter and newspaper executive at other newspapers in the southeast United States.
As a journalist, Sayles covered government at the city, state and national level, the release states. He also was involved as an industry leader, serving as president of the Georgia AP (Associated Press) Association in Atlanta;
A graduate of Old Dominion University, Sayles has had management training at the Medill School of Journalism and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, according to the release.
He resides in Tifton’s Historic District with his wife Bonnie.