Emory Turner has announced his candidacy for the Gainesville City Council Ward 2 seat currently held by Bob Hamrick.
Turner said his “desire to serve” was solidified by the recent departure of City Manager Kip Padgett, and the pending retirement of Hamrick and Ward 3 Councilwoman Myrtle Figueras.
Official qualifying for the Nov. 3 ballot takes place next week.
Turner has served on a number of local boards, committees and community groups over the years.
He is currently the vice chairman of the Gainesville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners and a city representative on the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Turner worked in manufacturing before retiring and is now finishing his degree in paralegal studies at the University of North Georgia, which he thinks will serve him well as councilman.
“I think it really is a full-time job,” he said.
Turner has three adult children and five grandchildren, some of whom are attending college, which is a point of pride for the candidate who lived through the days of school segregation.
“We often discussed what happened back then, and I love to share it with them,” he said.
Gainesville resident Zack Thompson previously announced that he will also run for the Ward 2 seat, which represents residential neighborhoods from Green Street east to Limestone Parkway.
Thompson is the co-owner of Professional Touch Landscapes and Tap It Gainesville Growlers on Thompson Bridge Road.