Grantville Elections

Former mayor seeks council post

by W. Winston Skinner

Billy Tucker knows a lot about Grantville.

The 78-year-old semi-retired businessman has lived and worked in Grantville for years. “Everything I’ve got is here. I’ve been here a long time,” he said.

Tucker also has run for — and won — elective office in the south Coweta town numerous times. He has served a total of 18 years, either on the council or as mayor.

He is on the ballot again this year as one of six people running, including incumbent Rochelle Jabaley, for the council post currently held by Jabaley. The municipal elections are Nov. 5, and early voting begins Monday.

The ongoing tensions and flareups at Grantville City Council meetings led Tucker to run for the post. “I just don’t like what’s going on,” he said.

Tucker said he has some ideas about how to deal with the problems but declined to elaborate.

Tucker also said the town needs to look at ways to attract residents and businesses. “We need some more businesses here. Before we get to the businesses, we’ve got to get some more people,” he said.

The growth of industry just outside Grantville in Meriwether County is something that Tucker believes can have a positive impact on the city. “Hopefully, we can get some businesses out of that,” he said.

Tucker said longtime Grantville residents know and trust him. He said he tries to treat everybody fairly and to be accessible to local residents. “I would like to see the city run the best it can be run,” he said.



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