Several voters in the city of Lumpkin say they want change in town. The mayoral race between Jimmy Babb and incumbent Charles Gibson has piqued a lot of interest among voters. Gibson is running for his second full term. There have been complaints about the man whose wife is also running for a city council post.
Some people believe Gibson has not shown enough effort in bringing business into the city or hiring locally.
“We need some industry,” one voter in law enforcement said. “We need some businesses to move in here. We need to build this city back up. This used to be a really nice little town, and it just started dying out. I’d like to see it revived.”
Another voter does not like that Lumpkin is choosing people from outside areas like Columbus instead of giving homegrown people a shot at employment.
“We got people down here who need jobs, and he brings people out of Columbus and gives them jobs down here,” Sue Harrison said. “That is not right.”
The Stewart County Board of Elections expects about the same number of people to turn out every election. They say about 15% of registered voters came to the polls, with peak hours being 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
“We publicize in the churches and the Stewart Journal that we put in the paper,” Stewart County Superintendent Registrar Diane Powell. “Those are ways, and then word of mouth.”
The voter in law enforcement says the city needs change, but its residents seem content to settle for the status quo.
“There’s a lot of disinterest in what’s going on I think in this city,” he said. “I wish more people would be interested in it and probably make some better decisions. But that just seems the way things are going now.”
Six others are battling for three city council spots as well.