SOCIAL CIRCLE — Social Circle City Councilman David Keener has announced his intention to run for mayor.
Keener said in April that he was considering a mayoral run, but made the announcement official this week.
"The reason why I'm running for mayor is that I love this community, I love this city, and I think I can provide best leadership for the government here," he said.
Keener has lived in Social Circle with his wife Penny since 1993. He retired in 2007 from AT&T after working 35 years, during which time he managed the IT department, overseeing operations in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. Today, he owns and operates Keener Computer Services.
Keener was appointed to represent District 3 on the City Council in April 2009 when his father-in-law, David Terry, died. Keener successfully ran for re-election in November of that year.
Keener said the city has fared well under the direction of Mayor Jim Burgess, but now he feels it's time to move forward. He said he wants to maintain Social Circle's financial health while ensuring the city remains "frugal with the taxpayers' dollars and keeps the budget in line."
Keener said if elected in November he will focus on bringing business and industry to Social Circle without jeopardizing the city's close-knit environment.
He said he would specifically like to focus on revitalizing the downtown district while encouraging industrial growth along the perimeter of Social Circle. Completion of the bypass around the city will be an important step, Keener said.
"Above all, I'd like to maintain atmosphere of a small town community," he said. "Most people, and I, don't want it to be a large town. We like the small town community and would like it to remain Georgia's Greatest Little Town."
Developing Social Circle's historic cotton mill area with residential and commercial growth and connecting it to the downtown area with sidewalks and trails, would be a project that would help breathe life into the city while maintaining the small-town feel, Keener said.
Reviving Neighborhood Watch programs in the city is another issue Keener said he would pursue.
"I think it's important and our neighborhoods are better when we're looking after each other," he said. "Police can only be in so many places at one time, but having our neighborhoods work together can increase the safety of our community."
For more about David Keener, visit his campaign website, www.davidkeenerformayor.com.