Red McDaniel says he's running again

Red McDaniel's coming back for more.

The District 8 representative who has been serving consecutive terms on Columbus Council since 1982 is running for re-election, he told the Ledger-Enquirer Thursday.

Now 76, McDaniel first was elected to Columbus' old city commission 40 years ago, before the city and county governments consolidated. He was elected again after the 1971 consolidation, but left city government to run for the state senate in 1974. He lost. He ran for council again in ‘82 and has served ever since.

McDaniel said he has seen Columbus grow from "a sleepy textile town" to one of the most progressive cities in Georgia, and he wants to stay on council as the city keeps growing with the expected population increase from Fort Benning's expansion.

Among the unfinished projects he'd like to see completed are the widenings of Whittlesey Road, Moon Road and Warm Springs-Talbotton Road, and the construction of a marina at Oxbow Meadows. Columbus also has flooding problems that need to be remedied, he said.