By Amy Wenk
Halfway through their fourth year in office, four of the six members of the Sandy Springs City Council have disclosed their intentions to run for re-election Nov. 3: Dist. 5 Councilman Tibby DeJulio, Dist. 6 Councilwoman Karen Meinzen McEnerny, Dist. 4 Councilwoman Ashley Jenkins and Dist. 2 Councilwoman Dianne Fries.
Dist. 3 Councilman Rusty Paul is undecided but said he would make a public announcement in 30 to 45 days.
“My inclination was not to run again,” Paul said. “The thing that would persuade me to stay is if I felt the public/private partnership that has made Sandy Springs such a unique government was threatened. I really want to make sure it succeeds, and I’ve been a little concerned lately that there may be some efforts to try and dismantle that.”
Mayor Eva Galambos has already declared her intention to seek a second term, while Doug MacGinnitie has said he will run for Georgia secretary of state in 2010 instead of seeking re-election to his Dist. 1 council seat this fall.
Here is what the four council members said about why they are seeking re-election:
• DeJulio — “I feel like the work that we began has really gotten the city off to a great start, but there is a lot more work that needs to be done, a lot more that I can accomplish for my constituents and for the city.”
• McEnerny — “I absolutely have decided I am going to run for re-election for Dist. 6 and have already begun discussions with my political consultants, who are going to help me run my campaign. Absolutely, it’s the best job I’ve ever had, and it’s really what I want to do, is continue to serve the constituents of Dist. 6 as well as making decisions that affect all the wonderful citizens of Sandy Springs.”
• Jenkins — “I think we have done a good job building a solid foundation for the city, and I want to continue working on that. We’ve set up the police. We’ve set up the fire. We’re setting up 911. We’re putting down transportation projects, but parks, we still need to work on that. With two young children — my daughter is 8, my son is 5 — that is a pretty important piece of the puzzle for me.”
• Fries — “I really love it, for one thing. There are still some things that we wanted to do that we haven’t completed, and, boy, I would like to stay on board to see those items through, one of them being the (Morgan Falls) river park.”
Potential opponents have not emerged for the council seats, but qualification for local elections isn’t until the end of August.