So­cial Cir­cle mayor race gains sec­ond can­di­date

The Covington News - - Local news - By Gabriel Khouli gkhouli@cov­news.com

Re­tired So­cial Cir­cle na­tive Hosea Jack­son has en­tered the town’s may­oral race be­cause he wants to see a re­vived down­town and more sup­port for small busi­nesses.

Jack­son, 60, said he has con­sid­ered run­ning for the past seven years be­cause the town is de­te­ri­o­rat­ing.

Cam­paign as­sis­tant Michele Bag­n­uolo said Jack­son is try­ing to shake things up in his small town.

“ The city can use some new old blood. Take a look at the down­town area. What­ever we’ve been do­ing for the last sev­eral years hasn’t been work­ing,” said Bag­n­uolo, who noted that Jack­son knows nearly ev­ery­one in town.

“ He wants to get peo­ple more in­volved, get more sug­ges­tions. I’ve only lived here for three years, but peo­ple have lots of ideas. A lot of ideas die on the vine here.”

Jack­son said the gov­ern­ment seems more fo­cused on at­tract­ing cor­po­ra­tions than on the qual­ity of life in So­cial Cir­cle.

Jack­son re­tired from Leggett and Platt, which made wire shelv­ing sys­tems, af­ter 29 years at the com­pany, the last 16 as plant su­per­in­ten­dent. Prior to that, he worked on a cot­ton, pe­can and corn farm.

He grad­u­ated high school in Mon­roe but did not at­tend col­lege. He did take some cour­ses at the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia through Leggett and Platt.

Jack­son said he pro­vides peo­ple with rides back and forth to the store and tries to help where he can in the com­mu­nity.

So­cial Cir­cle Coun­cil­man David Keener has al­ready an­nounced a bid for mayor, while cur­rent Mayor Jim Burgess said he re­mains un­de­cided.

HOSEA JACK­SON

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