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3: Episode 27: Mayor Matt on Small Town Sunshine

3/11/2019
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The tables are turned on Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale as he is interviewed by Adrienne Andreae of the podcast Small Town Sunshine. In this episode we learn about Mayor Matt and how he came to live in Ocilla, what made him run for Mayor and what made him want to start Small Town Podcast. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Duration:00:56:52

2: Episode 26: Mayor Sandy Lumpkin-City of Ashburn, GA

2/25/2019
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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Ashburn, GA to talk with Mayor, and former Ashburn City Clerk, Sandy Lumpkin. The 2 discuss how Mayor Lumpkin came to be a resident of Ashburn after a life out West and how after a full career in Ashburn City government as an employee, she decided to run for office. For more information, visit [www.smalltownpodcast.com](http://www.smalltownpodcast.com).

Duration:00:50:45

1: Episode 25: Mayor Linda Blechinger-City of Auburn, GA

2/11/2019
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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale travels to Auburn, GA for a conversation with Mayor, and current President of the Georgia Municipal Association, Linda Blechinger. The 2 discuss Mayor Blechinger’s life story, coming from New York to settle in Georgia, getting into local government to make a difference, and the power of working together with other local officials through the Georgia Municipal Association. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Duration:01:02:40

24: Episode 24: Workshop: Local Government 101 with Rusi Patel

12/17/2018
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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale sits down with Rusi Patel from the Georgia Municipal Association to discuss the interesting and sometimes complicated subject of local government structures and powers. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Duration:00:43:56

23: Episode 23: Councilman Willie Hardee-City of Homerville

11/5/2018
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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Homerville, GA to talk with long standing Councilman Willie Hardee, Jr. The 2 discuss Councilman Hardee's time growing up in Homerville, with its trials and successes and the various roles he has had as a member of the Homerville City Council for almost 40 years. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Duration:00:41:46

22: Episode 22: Jim Trott - Town of Pine Mountain

10/22/2018
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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Pine Mountain, GA to talk with Mayor Jim Trott. The two discuss how Mayor Trott came to live in Pine Mountain and how he was thrust into local government, as well as the journey Pine Mountain has taken in diversifying its economy while maintaining its small town charm. For more info, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Duration:00:34:32

21: Episode 21: Oh It’s Time for Some Campaigning - Workshop Episode

10/8/2018
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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale interviews candidates for Georgia's Governor and Lt. Governor in advance of the election this Nov. 6th and asks questions about how they will benefit Rural Georgia. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Duration:01:40:04

20: Episode 20: Mayor Hobby Stripling - City of Vienna

9/24/2018
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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale goes back to the small town of Vienna, GA, this time to talk with Mayor Hobby Stripling. The two discuss Stripling’s long career in politics that went well beyond the his small town and how he found himself the Mayor again after 25 years. We also get all the details on the local festival with nationwide appeal, the annual Big Pig Jig. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Duration:00:52:54

19: Episode 19: Agriculture Innovation and the World’s Largest Muscadine Vineyard - Workshop Episode

9/10/2018
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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale continues a conversation with Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black about how big the industry is. He also sits down with Irwin County farmer Gary Paulk to discuss the Paulk Family legacy and how they got into growing muscadines, starting from 5 acres to what is now the largest muscadine vineyard in the world. For more info, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com

Duration:00:54:42

18: Episode 18: Mayor Bryan Standifer - City of Monticello

8/27/2018
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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale travels to the small town of Monticello, GA to talk with Mayor Bryan Standifer. The 2 discuss how Mayor Standifer decided to get into local government and about how famous people and big movies are a part of Monticello’s culture. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Duration:00:53:59

17: Episode 17: Infrastructure Issues and Solutions - Workshop Episode

8/13/2018
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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale focuses on municipal infrastructure. Whether you’re in a small town or a big city, water, sewer, roads, bridges and broadband are essential for cities of all sizes to live and grow. This episode includes conversations with local government officials, those who lobby at the state and local level, and Mayor Matt talks with special guests GDOT Director of Planning Jay Roberts and GA Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. For more information,...

Duration:01:33:43

16: Episode 16: Mayor Ames Barnett - City of Washington (Georgia)

7/30/2018
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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale travels to the small town of Washington, GA to talk with Mayor Ames Barnett. The 2 discuss Mayor Barnett’s decision to come home to Washington when he could have gone anywhere and how he views the responsibilities of local government officials. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Duration:00:37:43

15: Episode 15: Mayor Clarence Lee “Mutt” Rhodes - City of Siloam

7/16/2018
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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale travels to the small town of Siloam, GA to talk with former Mayor and current City Councilmember Clarence Lee “Mutt” Rhodes. The 2 reflect on Mayor Rhodes long time in local government in the smallest town profile on the podcast so far. At age 91, Mayor Rhodes has some stories to share, including his trip to New York City to see the World’s Fair at age 12! For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Duration:00:47:53

14: Episode 14: Runoff Candidates for Georgia Lt Governor - Workshop Episode

7/2/2018
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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale talks with the 2 remaining candidates for the Republican nomination for Georgia Lt Governor, Rep. Geoff Duncan and Senator David Shafer. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com

Duration:00:35:08

13: Episode 13: Runoff Candidates for Georgia Governor - Workshop Episode

6/25/2018
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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale talks with the 2 remaining candidates for the Republican nomination for Georgia Governor, Lt Governor Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Mayor Matt also gets his first interview with Democratic Nominee for Governor, Stacey Abrams. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com

Duration:01:03:00

12: Episode 12: Mayor Glenn Wright - City of Greensboro

6/18/2018
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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale sits down with Mayor Glenn Wright of Greensboro. The 2 discuss how Mayor Wright got into local government and why he’s looking for opposition. Also discussed are the shift in representation since Mayor Wright first joined the Greensboro City Council many years ago. We also talk with Cynthia Smith from the Greensboro Business Association about how they have built up their downtown and keep things going strong in a small town. For more...

Duration:01:03:30

11: Episode 11: Chief Craig Tully - City of Colquitt

6/4/2018
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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale talks with City of Colquitt Fire Chief Craig Tully. The two discuss Chief Tully’s 40 year career in fire service, building up an all volunteer fire department in a small town, and the artistic and vibrant small town of Colquitt, GA. For more info, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com.

Duration:00:55:11

10: Episode 10: Clemontine Washington - Town of Midway

5/21/2018
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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast Host Matt Seale travels to Midway, GA to talk with current Mayor Pro Tem and former Mayor Clemontine Washington, someone Mayor Matt has known for many years (listen to find out how.) The two discuss Dr. Washington's leaving and coming back home to Midway, small town issues like how she has handled communication with public over trees and why City Hall is in currently in the Midway Mall. Listen to find out why Midway is a place you should visit. For more...

Duration:00:45:09

9: Episode 9: Candidates for Georgia Governor Part 2 - Workshop Episode

4/30/2018
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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale interviews the remaining candidates for Georgia Governor and asks them what they plan to do for small towns in the rural parts of the state. This is Part 2 of a 2-part series. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com

Duration:01:40:07

8: Episode 8: Candidates for Georgia Governor Part 1 - Workshop Episode

4/23/2018
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Ocilla Mayor and Small Town Podcast host Matt Seale interviews 5 of the 10 candidates for Georgia Governor and asks them what they plan to do for small towns in the rural parts of the state. This is Part 1 of a 2-part series. For more information, visit www.smalltownpodcast.com

Duration:01:41:19