New councilman excited about chance to make impact

By Omer Yusuf, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee

We hope for the best and expect the same as before.

Newly appointed Jackson City Councilman Ross Priddy is excited about the opportunity to “roll his sleeves up” and create positive change in the city.

“Jackson is definitely a place where you can help establish that, and kind of pave the way forward and create what we want the city to be,” Priddy said.

Priddy, 31, was officially voted in Dec. 5 to the vacant District 5 City Council seat by his now fellow councilmembers. Former District 5 councilman Scott Conger resigned in November after moving out of the district.

Ross Priddy was sworn in as the new Jackson City Councilman

Priddy is the first councilmember to join the Jackson City Council since his predecessor Conger and Vicky Foote were elected back in 2011.

Priddy is a mortgage loan officer at Leaders Credit Union, and Jackson native, who graduated from Jackson-Central Merry High School in 2004. After going to college at Middle Tennessee State University and living in New Jersey with his wife following graduation, he and his family returned to Jackson several years ago.

“You look at a place differently from when you grow up in it, as opposed to living somewhere else and coming back to the place,” Priddy said on his time away from Jackson. “It really changed my perspective.”

Priddy said he hopes to bring hard work, commitment and energy to the City Council.

“The current council (members) have been there for awhile, and that’s a great thing,” he said. “I’ve got a lot to learn from them. I hope that I can bring some new ideas to the table and really work with them.”

Balancing the needs of District 5 residents and the city is another goal Priddy wants to achieve during his time as councilman.

“I really hope that it will be said of me that I was one that was willing to work together with current councilmembers and the mayor, but also was willing to work hard,” Priddy said.

The new councilman said his priorities are to “hear from District 5 and go to bat” with a focus on “what is best for District 5, but what is also best for the city as a whole.”

Priddy will have to run for re-election in August 2018 to keep his seat.

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