Kourajian to seek county comm. seat

Tue, 07/31/2007 - 4:25pm
By: John Munford

Peachtree City will have two new city council members starting in January.  

City Councilman Stuart Kourajian has announced that instead of running for re-election this November, he will run for the Post 3 seat on the Fayette County Commission in 2008, which is currently held by Peter Pfeifer.  

Kourajian’s announcement comes on the heels of Judi-ann Rutherford’s surprise resignation two weeks ago because she was moving out of the country.  

The city is accepting applications all next week for candidates to fill Rutherford’s term, which expires Dec. 31, and candidates will be interviewed at a public meeting Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Floy Farr room of the Peachtree City Library.  

Under city ordinance, the remaining City Council members will vote to select a candidate to fill the open seat. The person selected would serve until the end of this year.  

Kourajian said he wanted to make his election announcement early enough so potential candidates for his current City Council seat could decide whether or not they want to run for the office.  

“I just think we can get better representation than we’re currently getting in Post 3,” Kourajian said Tuesday morning, referring to the representation for both Peachtree City residents and those across the county. “... I just think I could do a better job.”  

Qualifying for the seats held by Kourajian and Rutherford runs from Aug. 27-31, and candidates must pay a $180 qualifying fee.  

Kourajian said his two biggest issues are maintaining the unincorporated county’s slow growth rate and larger lot sizes and also addressing traffic needs.  

Kourajian pointed out that the Atlanta Regional Commission has said future growth in Atlanta will focus on the southside, “but just because it’s going to be on the southside doesn’t mean that it has to be in Fayette County.”  

While the county should be a regional player for making traffic improvements, it shouldn’t facilitate traffic improvements solely to enhance the growth of other areas, Kourajian said.  

Increasing traffic on an artery such as Ga. Highway 74 just to have those folks get to downtown Atlanta “isn’t in the best interest of Peachtree City and it isn’t in the best interest of Fayette County,” Kourajian said.  

Kourajian said a wide range of people have encouraged him to run for a seat on the county commission, including not just Peachtree City residents but those all over the county.  

“Actually, I’ve been thinking about this for a while,” Kourajian said.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Wed, 08/01/2007 - 7:24pm.

Stuart can't win against a charismatic incumbent like Pfeifer.

But on to what happens in PTC

PTC will now have 2 seats not held by incumbents coming up this fall. Please remember that is how Steve Brown slithered in as mayor. Lenox was unable to run because of term limits and no one who was knowledgable or experienced stepped up and ran.

Same thing coming up this fall in PTC. 2 seats, no incumbents. What are you goin to do, bloggers?

Anyone who has lived in PTC for 6 months that has $180 can run.
Muddle? How about you?
McDonough Dawg?
voice of fayette?

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Thu, 08/02/2007 - 8:02am.

How much do you think it would take to make a decent run at a seat? I considered once running for the Council in Morrow years (20) ago, but never gave it a run.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Thu, 08/02/2007 - 6:57pm.

Actually it will cost a bit more than that to run for council and you should be thinking of raising a total of $30,000, but no one ever does. Therefore you need to be prepared to pony up at least $20k of your money to get a $6,000 per year job.

This discourages good (and sensible) people. No mystery why we have what we have running government at all levels - not just PTC. In case you missed my meaning - what we now have are ego-driven sociopaths with an agenda. Clear enough?

Nevertheless, go for it, dawg. I will surely vote for you.

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Thu, 08/02/2007 - 8:26pm.

Why $30,000? Ads in the republican rag? Signs in every yard and corner looking like a gypsy camp?
Only Lawyers and Financial Advisors can afford that!
Does money make a person a good local official?

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Thu, 08/02/2007 - 8:09am.

Nothing but time.
Just don't stay over one term!

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