Wednesday, July 4, 2001

Mayoral candidate Wellman: Raise tone of debate

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish my fellow citizens a happy and safe Independence Day holiday. Since I announced my candidacy for mayor of Peachtree City two weeks ago it has been both exciting and humbling to meet so many nice people who support my candidacy, or who don't, but are willing at least to talk to me and tell me their concerns.

I wanted to wish everyone a good day and hope that we will see you at the parade this morning. My family and I will be walking and riding in the parade ourselves. I should be easy to spot as I will be the short, stocky guy likely to have a gap-toothed 3-year-old perched on his shoulders.

I don't want to burden everyone on this holiday with an issue-heavy letter about the sanctity of our city and its future. I believe that there is plenty of time in the four months until the election to work through the issues and expand on my positions. I will only tell you what I see as some of our top priorities.

First, it is time for a positive and respectful tone in the political arena in PTC. Second, we must not waste any time and should begin working now to help prepare our small business community for the arrival of Home Depot and Wal-Mart. Third, the government of the city is that of the citizens and we must find new ways to reach all of our citizens and make them feel closer to their government.

We are celebrating 225 years of freedom today. In November we will have the opportunity to act on one of our most precious rights. I hope you will consider me as your choice for mayor. If you have any questions about my beliefs or just want to chat please contact me at or by phone at 770-486-6841. I would be honored to talk to you.

Happy 4th of July.

Fred Wellman

Peachtree City

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