F'ville Mayor Steele to seek reelection

Fri, 08/24/2007 - 5:29pm
By: Cal Beverly


Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele intends to seeks reelection in the Nov. 6 city elections, he announced Friday in a news release.

Qualifying for the mayor’s race and council posts 1 and 2 begins Monday and ends at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Steele, a retired pilot for Delta Airlines, was first appointed as a volunteer to the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Board in 1991.

In mid-1994, Steele was appointed by the council to fill the unexpired term of Councilman Robert Sprayberry. He was elected to that post in November 1995.

Steele ran for mayor in November 1999 and took office in January 2000. He was reelected in 2003.

At this point, he faces no announced opposition.

In his announcement, Steele praised city staff and volunteer boards.

“No matter what our growth rate has been, we have never allowed the budget to grow at the same pace, thus keeping our city taxes low,” Steele said.

“I will continue to represent the city in an inclusive, positive and proactive manner,” Steele said.

In Fayetteville, the mayor has no vote except in cases of a tie.

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Submitted by Bud Man on Sun, 08/26/2007 - 7:38pm.

Somebody please run against this guy. He represents all that's wrong with Fayetteville. We need to go beyond the "Good 'ole boy" mentality. It seems that the citizens of Fayetteville obviously could care less who represents them. I'm sure there are more than a few very qualified candidates that could represent Fayetteville in a more positive manner. Every time I read in this paper about the other cities in Fayette County (namely Peachtree City and Tyrone), I see that there are people that actually campaign and run against one another for mayor or city council seats. I can't remember the last time someone ran against an incumbent in a Fayetteville election. What is wrong with you people? Start caring about your city and stop complaining. Until you actually do something, Fayetteville will continue to go the same route as Riverdale. And believe me, every time I go into Fayetteville, I'm reminded just how close to Riverdale Fayetteville has become.


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Submitted by Tug13 on Mon, 08/27/2007 - 1:22pm.

Two Fayetteville council members were up for re-election in 2005. Paul Oddo flipped a coin and ran against incumbent Al Hovey King. Paul Oddo won the election.
Now, Hovey King has announced he's a candidate for Glenn Brewers position. Glenn Brewer is retiring.

As of today the Mayor, and councilman Wilson Price has no opposition.

It's a mystery to me why the citizens of Fayetteville allow this bunch to keep going back in office. Sad
I think anybody who runs against them will win. Smiling

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Submitted by LifeLongResident on Sat, 08/25/2007 - 9:51am.

No matter how obscene our growth rate, we still raised taxes (just not as fast as growth). Nowe we have higher crime, more traffic, a lower standard of living, overcrowded schools, a strained infrastructure and I want you to vote for me again. Did I mention the city spent hundreds of thousands of you tax dollars for trees and shrubs for the medians, we used fire trucks to water them, we are wasting thousands more to maintain them, oh, and we have antique looking street lights!

If a person is willing to sacrifice a little freedom to gain a little security, they deserve neither - Ben Franklin

Submitted by whynot on Mon, 08/27/2007 - 8:04pm.

Your dead on LifeLongResident and I applaud you for saying so. These good old boys beg for votes and don't mind wasting our hard earned tax dollars on bushes in the medians that they put up to keep out Clayton County. Don't waste the money on bushes to keep out Clayton County, add more public safety, it isn't that hard to figure out!

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