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Former police major, councilman face off in Perry's only contested city council race

Early voting will begin Tuesday, Oct. 12

PERRY, Ga. — In Perry, all upcoming races are uncontested except City Council Post 2. On the ballot are William "Bill" Phelps, a recently retired Perry police major, and Robert Jones, who's sat at the council for seven years. 

 Phelps says he's personally seen crime in the city and believes hiring can help.

 "Hiring and training experienced law enforcement personnel to make sure that we're ahead of the growth in the city so we can combat crime," Phelps said. 

 Jones said he supports law enforcement as well.

 "I'm proud to say during my tenure in office, we have funded 12 additional patrol positions of the police force, and we just appropriated funds for four additional patrol positions on the police department," Jones said.

 With Perry as Houston County's fastest-growing city, both men talked about their opinion on the development. 

"Recently, the council voted to reduce of service area which means the amount of area that we would be willing to extend water and sewer lines to for the purpose of future development and I cast that vote because don't want Perry to grow too much, too fast," Jones explained. 

 "Right now, the city in some instances will allow developers to come in and develop houses, 2.7 houses on one acre of land, and when you do that, we normally have narrow streets, no sidewalks, which create a problem for our children," Phelps said 

Early voting begins this coming Tuesday, Oct. 12th, at the Houston County Board of Elections office on Kings Chapel Road.