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Posted: June 21, 2011 6:53 p.m.

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Social Circle mayor's race opens

Social Circle Councilman David Keener is the first to announce a bid for mayor of Social Circle

On his website,, Keener said he is running to return government to its fundamentals. He said his priorities are public safety, streets, economic development and recreation.

Keener, 57, is a retired BellSouth director, where he worked for 35 years and oversaw 300 employees. He now runs a computer networking business and can be reached at

Keener was appointed to the council in April 2009, replacing his father-in-law, David Terry, who died unexpectedly. Keener won re-election to the District 3 post in November 2009.

He did not include educational background on his website, but said he was a member of several civic groups, including Social Circle Better Hometown, Social Circle Lions Club, Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle, the Friends of the W.H. Stanton Memorial Library and The Walton County Chamber of Commerce.

Three Social Circle City Council seats are up for election this November, including Mayor Jim Burgess' seat, Angela Porter's District 2 seat and Anne Peppers' District 4 seat.

Keener will have to resign his District 3 seat when he officially qualifies for the mayor's race the week of Aug. 29.

Because his term is less half over, an election would have to take place to fill his vacated seat.

Mayor Jim Burgess, who was first elected in 1997, said he has not decided whether he will run for another term. He doesn't expect to make a formal announcement until qualifying week.


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