The Quest for the Perfect Mayor

On November 8, 2011, voters will elect Savannah’s 65th mayor, selecting the man or woman to replace Otis Johnson. There are already six registered candidates— Regina Thomas, Floyd Adams, Jr., Ellis Cook, Edna Jackson, Jeff Felser and James Dewberry — and each brings their own set of strengths to the table. Combine them all and the city might just have the perfect leader, however only one will emerge the winner. Any number of issues may dominate this year’s municipal election: classic election year staples like the economy, jobs, and business-friendly conditions in Savannah, as well as more nebulous puzzles like racial harmony and City Council transparency and accountability. South magazine recently spoke with Savannah’s five mayoral candidates to get the long and short on whom should be the next person to set up shop at 2 East Bay Street.