The southernmost section of Chatham County is encompassed by District 6, covering a varied assortment of communities — including Savannah’s Southside and its somewhat-struggling commercial corridor — and stretching way to the wilds of Ossabaw Island.
After besting a fellow Republican candidate in Georgia’s June 9 primary, William Dyal is now facing Democrat Aaron “Adot” Whitely in the Nov. 3 Chatham County Commission race to represent District 6. Both are newcomers to public office; current District 6 Commissioner James “Jay” Jones chose to forgo a reelection run in favor of a failed bid to become the board’s chair.
In separate interviews with the Savannah Morning News, the District 6 candidates discussed some of their plans and spoke about what is motivating them to run for this County Commission seat.
Empty commercial spaces and job creation
While residential development is continuously ongoing in District 6, business growth is less dynamic there,