Chet Hunt, a political newcomer, will seek the Hogansville council seat of former councilman Jack Leidner.
“I know there is improvement needed in the city and I think it’s possible,” said Hunt, 71.
Hunt is married and has four daughters, 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Hunt has lived in Hogansville since 1995 after retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps, first living on the outskirts of town and doing home repairs for local residents. That evolved into a formal home repair business and he worked several years for John Hardy Jones, maintaining several downtown properties the developer owned.
He retired from that work about five years ago, not long after he moved inside the city limit on Maple Drive.
Working on the downtown properties, however, he got to know the merchants, City Hall employees and other residents. He’s also seen the council change course in recent years from old, out of date policies and ways of thinking.
“As soon as Jack resigned I thought that was a spot I’d like to fill,” he said.
Hunt said Leidner and a few other council members had started improving the city and moving it in a better direction.
“They made the city look better, ascetically and structurally,” he said.
Hunt says he wants to continue improving the city by getting more people to live in Hogansville.
“Hogansville is a really good home,” he said. “I want improvement and I believe I can work with people. I wasn’t brought up to think it’s ‘us’ versus ‘them.’”