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Mayor's executive assistant running for city council spot

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Judy Thomas, Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington's Executive Assistant, announced Monday that she is running for a spot on city council.

Thomas is seeking the District 9 seat.

District 9 is one of the two at-large seats, and is currently held by Councilor Wayne Anthony.

Wetherington has announced he is not running for another term and Anthony has already thrown his hat in the ring in the race for mayor.

Here is the press release:

Committee to Elect Judy Thomas

Press Release

For Immediate Release:

Judy Thomas, Executive to Mayor Jim Wetherington, announced today that she will seek the District 9 seat on the Columbus City Council.

"For the last three and a half years I've had the opportunity and privilege to serve the citizens of Columbus as the executive to the Mayor. This has given me a unique perspective of the opportunities and challenges we have in Columbus. I am anxious to use the knowledge that I've amassed to keep the momentum we've experienced under Mayor Wetherington going for us these next four years.

"I believe the most important responsibility of a Councilor is to protect the rights and property of our citizens. We do this by the decisions that we make, including economic development, zoning decisions, budget review and evaluation throughout the entire fiscal year, and examination of new initiatives that come before us. I pledge to the citizens of Columbus that I will not take these responsibilities lightly, but will approach each one with diligence and scrutiny."

Thomas, 64, grew up in Columbus, graduating from Jordan Vocational High School in 1964, and earning a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Georgia College (now Georgia College and State University). She taught fifth and sixth graders at Bibb Elementary School for a number of years before beginning her career with the Georgia Association of Educators and the California Teachers Association. After returning to Columbus in 2006, Thomas began working for Mayor Wetherington in January 2007. She is a member of the Administrative Board of St. Luke United Methodist Church, vice chair of Open Door Community House Board of Directors, and a member of the Quality Teaching and Learning Board of Columbus State University.

Thomas' father, Bill Williams, retired as a Deputy Chief after 36 years with the Columbus Fire Department (now Columbus Fire and EMS), and her mother, Alice Williams, retired after 35 years as a medical assistant in the offices of Dr. Harry H. Brill. Thomas credits her parents with instilling in her a love for Columbus and for giving back to the community. "My parents gave my sister, Brenda, and my brother, David, the same desire to help those who may need our support. It's just the way our family works," Thomas said.

District 9 is one of the two at-large seats, and is currently held by Councilor Wayne Anthony.

For further information, contact Judy Thomas at 706-587-8322 or JudyforCouncil@aol.com.

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