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Longtime city councilman concedes before vote is taken

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

One longtime Savannah City Councilman is conceding before the vote is even taken. Alderman Tony Thomas took himself out of the running for the position of mayor pro-tem on Jan. 11.

Thomas sent an email out to his supporters Wednesday night, stating his removal from consideration. In the statement he said he has chosen this path to keep the council united during the early stages of Mayor Edna Jackson. He also wishes Alderman Van Johnson and Mayor Jackson the best of luck.

Thomas also went on his facebook page to ask his supporters to support Alderman Johnson as he moves this city forward.

Email to his supporters:

To All,

I wanted to let you know that I have suspended my quest to become Mayor Pro Tem tonight. I have placed a call to Van Johnson to congratulate him. Through this process, I am grateful to those that had pledged their support for me. I was honored that they stuck by me but I have decided to end my quest rather than risk splitting this council and damaging Mayor Edna Jackson's beginning administration. The work ahead that we face is far too important than a symbolic position and will require the attention and efforts of all members of council. I have chosen to take this path rather than to divide us as some have tried to do in this process. I wish Alderman Johnson and Mayor Jackson the best of luck as they move this city forward.

Tony Thomas

Statement on his facebook page:

New Administration. I have conceded the Mayor Pro-Tem position to Van Johnson. All of you should get behind Alderman Van Johnson and support him as he moves this city forward. As for me, my role is yet to be defined. I will continue my efforts to bring cruise ships to Savannah and hold Comcast accountable to our residents.

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