Incumbent, newcomer gain Euharlee seats
by Staff Report
Nov 09, 2011 | 1562 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Four men vying for two at-large city council seats in Euharlee saw a close race for the top.

Incumbent Steve Worthington will retain his position, while newcomer Craig Guyton will make his first foray into politics. William Eubanks had sought to retain his current seat, and Jimmy Tilley also was in the running.

Guyton said Tuesday night he was grateful for the opportunity voters have given him. "I am a little bit overwhelmed and excited. We put in a lot of effort and met a lot of people."

When asked what prompted his entrance into the political arena, Guyton laughed.

"That's actually a phenomenal question. I know it's going to sound cliché, but it's a civic duty," he said. "Unlike other people I didn't get in because I was mad at the city council or something they were doing."

The small business manager said he and his wife had talked to their two children of the importance of being involved in the community and running "was just a great opportunity to show them that life lesson."

Guyton will swing his focus now to bringing the concerns he heard from constituents back to the city council, along with bringing Joe Cowan Park "online."

Worthington, who has served both as a councilman and the city's mayor in the past, said earlier this month that his past experience will be a plus for him as he continues on the council.

"When I first got elected to city council, we had no full-time employees, we had no city hall, our budget was less than $100,000 a year. And now, we have 5,000 people inside the city, 15 full-time employees and our budget is bumping $2 million a year," he said in that interview.

His goals for this term include maintaining the integrity of the city's historic downtown.

Unofficial results show Guyton with 34.5 percent, Worthington 27.6 percent, Tilley 20.1 percent and Eubanks 17.1 percent. A total of 597 people voted, according to the results.