WITH municipal elections in November, this year is set to be full of political action.
Local politics are so much more important to follow than national politics: policies made at the local level have the greatest impact on your daily life, you have a much better chance of contacting your alderman than you do your president, and you have the chance to make your voice heard in town halls and at Council meetings.
We're tracking everyone who's announced their run for city government by checking both Facebook pages and filing paperwork. We'll update this page frequently. If you have a tip, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
March 22, 2023: Marc Anthony Smith for At-Large, Post 1
Marc Anthony Smith, who most recently ran for House 163, filed paperwork to run for Post 1 Alderman in March.
March 22, 2023: Estella Shabazz for re-election in Fifth District
Estella Shabazz announced she'd be running to reclaim her seat in the 5th District in a Facebook video and by launching voteshabazz2023.com.
March 5, 2023: Linda Wilder Bryan for re-election in Third District
Linda Wilder Bryan kicked off her campaign on March 5 with an event at the Pegasus Riding Academy.
February 21, 2023: Nik Fussell for Mayor
With a post on the Savannah Connection Facebook group, Nik Fussell announced his campaign for Mayor, writing in part, "Here for the citizens and businesses of Savannah, not for lining pockets of those who just want to hold a title." Another post reads, "I’m going to run against mayor van Johnson. Savannah needs changes. They need someone who is going to be honest. Who is going to hear the people out. Who is actually gonna make the city better!"
Fussell is certainly not an established political player in Savannah; based on his public Facebook profile, he's 28 years old, seems to work at Bluegreen Vacation Rentals and is listed as living in Richmond Hill. He has filed paperwork to run.
February 14, 2023: Detric Leggett for re-election in Second District
Detric Leggett, the downtown alderman, announced his run for reelection on Valentine's Day at the Forsyth Park bandshell.
February 6, 2023: Patrick Rossiter for At-Large, Post 2
Patrick Rossiter, a former educator and school principal, filed paperwork to run for At-Large, Post 2 on Feb. 6. Rossiter's father Frank P. Rossiter Sr. held the same seat when Patrick was younger.
February 4, 2023: Kurtis Purtee for re-election in Sixth District
Alderman Kurtis Purtee announced his reelection campaign at Tribble Park, saying in a Facebook video, "I'm here today to ask for your support in sending me back to City Hall this November so I can continue to serve you as a District Six alderman."
February 3, 2023: Todd Rhodes for Third District
Todd Rhodes filed paperwork to run for District Three on Feb. 3. Todd recently ran for School Board President but lost out to Roger Moss.
February 3, 2023: Roshida Edwards for At-Large, Post 1
On Feb. 3, Roshida Edwards, owner of The Vintage Venue, filed paperwork to run for Alderwoman At-Large, Post 1, which is currently held by Kesha Gibson-Carter who is vacating it to run for Mayor. Roshida has been outspoken about her troubles with the City in opening her venue, and on Dec. 3 her business was raided and searched by police.
Jan. 29, 2023: Clinton Cowart for Third District
Clinton Cowart, who ran for GA House 165 last year, announced his run for Alderman of the third district on Facebook.
January 9, 2023: Malik Jones for Third District
Malik Jones filed his paperwork on Jan. 9 to run for the Third District. Born and raised in Savannah, Malik's Facebook profile has his job title as Life Navigator at Goodwill Southeast Georgia.
January 4, 2023: Mike McCann for Sixth District
Mike McCann, a youth sports coach and mentor, renamed his Facebook page "Be the Change, Mike McCann for District 6" in early January, indicating he'd be running.
January 3, 2023: Van Johnson for reelection as Mayor
Mayor Van Johnson announced he would run for reelection at his first weekly press conference in 2023.
October 30, 2022: Robert "RG" Bryant for Fifth District
Robert Bryant, a community activist, announced his run via Facebook post in October.
June 8, 2022: Kesha Gibson-Carter for Mayor
While she said she'd run for mayor on January 29, 2022, Alderwoman At-Large Post 1 Kesha Gibson-Carter formally announced her bid last June.
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