As of Tuesday, Oct. 29, only 20 people had gone to the polls to vote for mayor of Danielsville since early voting opened Oct. 14 in city hall.
The race for mayor is the county’s only municipal election this year. Danielsville residents will decide between current mayor Todd Higdon and challenger, and former mayor, Philip Croya.
Higdon, who has served as mayor since he won a special election in March 2012, says there are too many goals and projects in the works for him to let go of the reins now. Higdon won a special election following the resignation of Croya just nine days into a new term.
“Danielsville requires a working, hands on mayor,” he said. Noting that owning a small business in town allows him to be available to oversee projects and meet with contractors and officials as needed.
“We have eight projects that are going on now, or will soon be going on,” Higdon said. The projects include a new roundabout at the current red light, a new water tower for the south side of town near the schools and a sewer pond renovation, as well as sewer and water line upgrades, to name a few.
“All these projects are designed to grow Danielsville,” he said.
Higdon pointed to the reconfiguration of the courthouse roundabout and the hiring of a new police chief and part-time police officers with extended patrol hours as things that have already been accomplished by himself and the current council, which consists of mostly new members.
“The council supports each other 100 percent,” he said.
Croya said he wants the job back because folks have asked him to come and he feels residents should have a choice for mayor.
He said he quit last year over differences he had with the then council over the police department, saying he stood up for what he believed and for what he would not go along with.
“I stood my ground and resigned when I saw something wrong (before), I stood up to what was right,” Croya said.
Croya said he also has a vision of growth for the city, believing that Danielsville should prepare for an eventual Hwy. 29 bypass.
And though he works full-time for Athens-Clarke County, Croya said it would not interfere with his duties as mayor.
“I can juggle it,” he said. “The mayor does not need to be in the city all day. Seeing the employees on a daily basis leads to micro-managing. It’s the mayor’s job to oversee…it wouldn’t be that much, it never was in the two years that I did it.”
The final day to vote is Tuesday, Nov. 5, election day, and polls at city hall will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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