Bainbridge City Councilman Luther Conyers, who was first elected to the council in 1978, has chosen not to run for re-election.
Conyers, now 86, said he had decided it was time to step aside and let others have a chance to serve, although he said he would still take an active interest in local government.
A longtime educator, Conyers has been on the council for 37 years. He was sworn onto the council on January 4, 1978.
“The City Council has accomplished some things since we’ve been on there, and there’s still a brighter horizon, I believe,” Conyers said.
“The city is running pretty smoothly and now with the Service Delivery Agreement, the county government is taking more of an active part in the activities of the city, so I think things are going to do well.”
Among his many achievements, Conyers was inducted into Georgia Municipal Association Hall of Fame in 2008 and in 2012, he received a Certificate of Distinction from the GMA recognizing his many hours of continued education concerning local government issues.
Conyers is also active in the Rotary Club, American Legion Post No. 502, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce. He is also the council’s liaison to the city’s Planning Commission and for many years, has taught students about planning and zoning issues during Bainbridge’s annual Student Government Days.
Three citizens have qualified to run for the seat currently held by Conyers in City Council District A. They are mortician Kregg Close, optometrist Frank Flowers and community activist Olive Wedderburn. Flowers has been serving on the Bainbridge Planning Commission.
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