By CLIFF HIGHTOWER
Two things are certain in two weeks when a new Spring Hill Board of Alderman get sworn in.
It’s time to work and there will be a learning curve.
“We’ve had a big turnover, so that’s going to be a hiccup,” said newly elected Ward 4 Alderman Vincent Fuqua, just minutes after being elected Thursday night.
There will be three new faces on the 8-person Spring Hill Board of Alderman after voters ousted two incumbents Thursday night. Mayor Rick Graham narrowly avoided defeat, winning by 29 votes. New members to the board include Fuqua, new Ward 2 Alderman Jeff Graves and new Ward 3 Alderman Kevin Gavigan.
Ward 1 Alderman Amy Wurth ran unopposed and remains in her spot.
Graham said after the election the new board will have a learning curve as the new board members start to learn about politics and governance. But, he said he sees no problems with him and the other board members getting along with the new members.
“I think we’ll all get along fine,” he said.
He said he learned some lessons himself from this election. He wants to continue to try to communicate and educate the public about what the city is trying to do to help alleviate traffic woes and growth.
But it’s a hard process.
“If I knew how to go faster on road projects, I would,” he said.
Graham and the aldermen will be sworn in on April 26. All of the candidates ran on a platform of smart planning and trying to help with traffic woes.
Gavigan could not be reached for comment Friday. A candidate profile on Spring Hill Home Page, shows that like all others infrastructure and roads are a top priority for him.
“I want to develop a relationship with TDOT and let them know we have to absolutely be a priority for state projects and federal projects,” Gavigan said just weeks ago.
The election is still sinking in for Graves, he said. But, it’s time to get to work because the voters spoke Thursday night about what they think is important, he said.
He ran on a platform of infrastructure, planning and quality of life. Now the high school government teacher becomes the practitioner.
“We’ve got a huge learning curve,” he said.
Cliff Hightower is Sprill Hill Home Page Associate Editor. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @CliffHightower.