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London to run for Post 2 RH Council seat
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David London.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel David London has announced he’s running for the Post 2 Richmond Hill City Council seat vacated by Tara Baraniak. 

London, 48, is a husband and father of three teenagers, one in high school and two in college.

According to his announcement, London is “passionate about building strong kids, strong families, and a strong Richmond Hill community.”

London has been a high school JROTC instructor in the Savannah-Chatham School District for the past seven years, the press release said.

He has been active in community and church activities including a current third year as treasurer of the Richmond Hill High School Band Boosters. He has been a board member of the state’s JROTC organization for the past three years and currently serves as its secretary, according to London’s announcement.

He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, former deputy commander of the Savannah District US Army Corps of Engineers, and a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan. London holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from West Point and a master’s of science degree in engineering management from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

According to his press release, this is what London believes about the Richmond Hill community:

* Our strong schools and cohesive neighborhoods make Richmond Hill an attractive community. Our mayor, council, and city staff are thorough, professional, resourceful, and efficient. I’d love to bring my passion for helping people and my experience in planning, budgets, and project management to our Richmond Hill team.

*As our city continues to attract families and businesses, we need to continue critical elements of the smart growth our city leaders have implemented or championed. Some of these elements were shown during the annexing and planning of the 5,000 acres near the middle school:

* Putting in roads and infrastructure before new neighborhoods are built.

* Ensuring better parks, better services, and better family venues

* Keeping our taxes down by using the Tax Allocation District to fund infrastructure in the recently annexed 5,000 acres

* Improving the relationship between our City Council and the County Commission.

* Ensuring that our small businesses are able to thrive as our city grows

* Remembering and documenting our history

* Any issue that is a concern for you, is a concern for me. Let me know what’s on your mind.

All voting for this year’s City Council election will be in the J.W. Stevens Wetlands Education Center located in J.F. Gregory Park (500 Cedar Street), Richmond Hill.

Early voting will take place from October 14th through November 1st, from 8 A.M to 5 P.M

Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 with polls open from 7 A.M. to 7 P.M.

Editor’s note: As a public service, the News is running announcements from candidates seeking election to either Richmond Hill or Pembroke city council in the Nov. 5 election. For more information email

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