COVINGTON — Business owner and longtime Covington resident Steve Plitt has announced his intention to run for the Post 2 East seat on the Covington City Council.
The seat is currently held by Mike Whatley, who is not seeking reelection. Retired Covington businesswoman Fleeta Baggett is also a contender for the council post in Nov. 5 balloting.
Plitt is the owner of Venture Netcomm, a low voltage cabling company for business computer systems, phone systems, security and more, based in Loganville. He currently serves on the Covington Planning Commission.
“At the urging of my friends and family I am excited and proud to announce my candidacy for the Covington City Council East Ward 2,” said Plitt in a released statement. “The skill sets that I have developed as a small business owner over the past 24 years and my ongoing community service enable me to provide strong and positive community leadership. Quite simply, I want to serve and give back to this great community of Covington, and I am prepared to do so. It is my belief that we can embrace our small-town culture while promoting growth and prosperity for our community. You can count on my serving Covington by listening to the concerns of all citizens and representing those views to the best of my ability.”
Plitt said public safety is at the top of his list of priorities for the city.
“As our city grows it will be important to ensure our citizens are protected by providing our first responders with what they need,” he said. “The city has definitely done a better job of that over the past few years, but we must be vigilant about ensuring we keep pace with our growth.”
Plitt also said it is important to have infrastructure in place to meet the needs of a growing community.
“We cannot afford to look in the rearview mirror; we must plan so we can deliver the services that are important to our citizens,” he said.
Plitt said that economic development is another priority.
“Finally, we must ensure that we have smart and beneficial economic development so that we continue to see new opportunities for our citizens,” he said. “Things have been done to help us provide our citizens with desirable jobs. It is my belief that with my business-focused voice on the council we can ensure those new opportunities continue.”
When asked what he wants people to know about him as his campaign starts, Plitt responded, “The citizens should know that I am all about solutions. It is easy to get on Facebook and complain all the time, but I will be an elected official who works with people to find solutions to our problems.”
Plitt and his wife, Kaye, are the parents of two sons, Eric, 36, and Zack, 19. Eric and his wife, Kaylin, have one son, Wyatt.
“Both of our children have gone through school here from elementary to graduation,” said Plitt. “We have been members of Eastridge Community Church for over 20 years. We are proud to call Covington home. We are glad that our oldest son has decided to live and raise his family in Covington. That is the main motivation for my run, I want more of our kids to want to come back home to raise their families.”