Category: Politics

Another candidate joins District 3 Brookhaven City Council race

A new candidate has qualified for the District 3 Brookhaven City Council race. Dimitrius Owens qualified on Aug. 22. He was not immediately available for an interview. Owens joins Madeleine Simmons in the race for the District 3 seat. Incumbent Bates Mattison said he plans to qualify for reelection on Aug. 23, the final day to do so. Those who have qualified so far are: For mayor: John Ernst (incumbent) For City Council District 1: Linley Jones (incumbent) For City Council District 3: Madeleine Simmons and Dimitrius Owens Candidates can qualify Aug. 23 between 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m....

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Dunwoody mayoral, City Council races set for Nov. 5

Dunwoody voters will see contested races for the mayor’s office and two City Council seats this fall as qualifying wrapped up Aug. 21. The only uncontested race is in District 3, where incumbent John Heneghan is the only candidate. Those who qualified are: For mayor: Lynn Deutsch and Terry Nall For City Council District 1 (open seat): Stacey Harris and Robert Miller For City Council District 2 (open seat): Joe Seconder and Heyward Wescott For City Council District 3: John Heneghan (incumbent) Evelyn M. Montgomery qualified to run for the District 2 seat on Aug. 20, but withdrew on...

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Qualifying begins in Brookhaven mayoral, council races

Candidates began qualifying Aug. 21 for the Brookhaven mayoral and City Council races this fall. More candidates may emerge with qualifying continuing on Aug. 22. Those who qualified Aug. 21: For mayor: John Ernst (incumbent) For City Council District 1: Linley Jones (incumbent) For City Council District 3: Madeleine Simmons District 3 incumbent Bates Mattison previously said he will run for reelection, but he had yet to qualify on the first day. Candidates can qualify Aug. 22 between 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road. The election is Nov....

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Former Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber chair joins race for City Council seat

Heyward Wescott, a former chair of the Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, is running for City Council, saying he wants to focus on infrastructure improvements in the Dunwoody Village area. Wescott and Joe Seconder are the candidates who have filed so far for the open District 2 at large seat. More candidates may yet join the race, as qualifying continues through Aug. 21. “I would like to be a champion for improved infrastructure around the Village,” Wescott said in an interview. Amenities like benches, new sidewalks and street lighting would help the area, he said. “The Village is the...

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Dunwoody mayor, council races shape up as qualifying begins

Dunwoody voters will see contested races for the mayor’s office and two open City Council seats this fall, as candidates lined up on the first day of qualifying. More candidates may yet emerge as qualifying continues through Aug. 21. Those qualifying Aug. 19 are: For mayor: Lynn Deutsch and Terry Nall For City Council District 1 (open seat): Stacey Harris and Robert Miller For City Council District 2 (open seat): Joe Seconder and Heyward Wescott For City Council District 3: John Heneghan (incumbent) All the council seats are at-large seats, which means they are represented by someone living in...

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Qualifying for Dunwoody council races set for Aug. 19-21

Dunwoody’s mayoral and three City Council seats are up for election this year, with qualifying set for Aug. 19-21. Those interested in running can file to qualify at City Hall, 4800 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on those three days. The election is Nov. 5. The qualifying fees are 3% of the annual incomes for the elected officials — $480 for mayor and $360 for council seats. The mayor is paid $16,000 a year; council members are paid $12,000. Councilmembers Terry Nall and Lynn Deutsch have announced they are running for mayor. Incumbent Denis Shortal said...

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Qualifying for Brookhaven council races to run Aug. 21-22

Brookhaven’s mayoral and two City Council seats are up for election this year, with qualifying set for Aug. 21-22. Those interested in running can file to qualify between 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on both days at City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road. The election is Nov. 5. The qualifying fee is 3% of the annual salary for the seats. The fee to run for mayor is $480 and for council seats it is $360. The mayor is paid an annual salary of $16,000; council candidates are paid $12,000 a year. Mayor John Ernst...

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CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta discusses Trump and immigration in Buckhead appearance

Journalist Jim Acosta has been CNN’s chief correspondent at the White House since January of 2018, during which he has challenged the administration on multiple issues. But it was his questions to President Donald Trump regarding immigration policy that got Acosta banned from the place — at least temporarily. Acosta spoke to the Atlanta Press Club in Buckhead in an Aug. 10 appearance to promote his book “Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America,” a personal account of the adversity he encounters while covering the White House. At the event, held at the...

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Mayoral, council candidates stump at Dunwoody Homeowners Association meeting

City Council members Terry Nall and Lynn Deutsch, who are running to be Dunwoody’s next mayor, touted their experience on such issues as school overcrowding during brief stump speeches at a recent Dunwoody Homeowners Association meeting. City Council candidate Joe Seconder, who is running for District 2 At Large seat currently held by Deutsch, gave some of his background, including serving in the military, as part of his bid to prospective voters. About 10 people attended the Aug. 4 DHA meeting held in a classroom at the North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center. The DHA invites candidates of any DeKalb...

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Commentary: Make sure every Atlantan counts in the 2020 Census

Census 2020 is an opportunity Atlanta cannot afford to miss. The Census, which only occurs every 10 years, is a critically important event that has real-life consequences for every resident and everyone in Atlanta. The information collected by the census determines two things: power and money. The number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, how many Electoral College votes states receive, and how we draw state legislative districts are all dependent on our Census count. It is also used to determine the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities. For...

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Sandy Springs says private council briefings are useful; critics question transparency

In a special called meeting on the afternoon of May 14, the Sandy Springs City Council made one of the biggest, most dramatic and most surprising decisions in the city’s history: a reversal of much of its pioneering model of privatized city services, which had drawn international attention and underpinned Sandy Springs’ identity. Despite the significance and complexity of the decision, the councilmembers had no debate. Before a unanimous approval, some councilmembers asked apparently rhetorical questions of the city manager so he could emphasize certain talking points, and a couple of them gave explanations of a decision they had...

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Development Authority member joins race for Dunwoody City Council seat

Robert Miller, a real estate broker and member of the Dunwoody Development Authority, has announced he is running for City Council. He joins Stacey Harris in the race for the soon-to-be vacant District 1 At Large seat. The council seat is currently held by Terry Nall, who will leave the office as part of his campaign for mayor. Harris, a community activist and Zoning Board of Appeals member, announced her candidacy in March. District 1 includes the western portion of the city. An At Large seat is held by someone who lives in a district but is elected citywide....

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