Rehwaldt announces for mayor

Mon, 08/27/2007 - 9:35am
By: The Citizen

Announcing his bid for mayor, Don Rehwaldt said he will be a full-time mayor. Recently retired with 44 years of professional management experience, Rehwaldt said he is committed to improving Tyrone and enhancing property values.

Rehwaldt has lived in Fayette County since 1988 and has resided in Tyrone for four years. He also worked administratively with Tyrone Police from May 2000 until November 2006. Rehwaldt and other residents formed the Tyrone Neighborhood Alliance four years ago.

Rehwaldt said improving the town and enhancing property values can be accomplished by maintaining balanced and controlled growth, listening to the wishes of residents, retaining Tyrone's small time flavor and improving communications between citizens and local government.

Announcing their candidacy for the town council are Tracy Young and Ken Matthews for the Post 1 seat held by Mike Smola and Jesse Nasianceno for Post 2 held by Paul Letourneau.

A technology services manager who has lived in Tyrone since 2002, Young said his run for office is a result of a desire to become more active in the community. In addressing the town’s recent and future growth it is imperative that leaders base their decisions on a clear understanding of the pertinent facts and with an accountability to those who elected them, Young said. During his time in Tyrone, Young said he has seen the council compromise the town’s way of life by contradicting the views expressed by citizens.

Also announcing for the Post 1 run is former Planning Commissioner Ken Matthews. A fifth generation resident of Fayette County, Matthews said he wants to help lead Tyrone in the most effective manner and be a part of the solution to issues that arise.

Matthews expressed support for downtown revitalization including mixed use development with an historic appearance and an upscale walking district, affordable housing in a senior/retirement community and the addition of sewer to help revitalize the downtown area with possible connections to some subdivisions. Matthews also supports sustaining minimum one-acre lots in most areas other than downtown and environmentally sensitive areas and wants to maintain recreation activities and special events by revitalizing and improving all town parks and continuing to add other amenities such as multi-use paths.

And announcing his candidacy for Post 2, Planning Commissioner Nasianceno said his vision is to ensure that Tyrone’s small town, rural character and quality of life are not negatively impacted. By providing sound leadership, Nasianceno said he will help preserve greenspace and address other pivotal issues by insisting on an open dialogue between citizens, business leaders and town officials.

A Tyrone resident since 2004, Nasianceno said he will address town needs such as restricted sewer capacity, congested thoroughfares and town revitalization and promote an open dialogue with citizens and business leaders.

Gordon Shenkle announced this week that he is running for Post 2 on the Tyrone town Council. Shenkle wants to change the way that business is done, to listen to Tyrone citizens, to protect our property values and way of life. He has been active in the Tyrone Neighborhood Alliance since it started. He has attended Town Council and Planning Board meetings on a regular basis, and has taken the opportunity to speak when appropriate on whatever issue was under consideration.

He has been a Fayette County citizen for over 20 years, the last 7 in Tyrone. Employed in the high tech industry for over 30 years, currently focusing in computer security.

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Submitted by LifeLongResident on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 1:08pm.

Rehwalt has lived in Tyrone for 5 years and now wants to be mayor. Nasianceno has lived there for 3. Watch thim and their buddies turn it into the place they moved FROM.

If they wants to protect property values, they better stay away from multi-family developments.

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

Submitted by ConfushaSay on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 2:11pm.

LifelongRes, THERE IS NO COMPARISON between Rehwaldt & Nasianceno. Nas is one of Barry's Boys, put on the Planning Commission the day he moved here. Nas is for sewer and high density development. Rehwaldt is not liked by Amos & Smela and he is against high density. Also he has never served in Tyrone government, but worked as an administrator in the Police Dept. Smola tried to get him fired. Vote for Rehwaldt, Tracy Young & Gordon Shenkle.

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Submitted by ptctaxpayer on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 1:30pm.

Can't agree with you, Res...Just because someone is not a newcomer and maybe even a Native means nothing. And be fair--- Rehwaldt has lived in Fayette for as long as you have.

And look at who he is replacing. The Wandering Smolas are turning Tyrone into a little New Jersey and that is something you like ? Mike Smola as much as said "We have transformed the Town from a bunch of country bumpkins into a glorious Atlanta suburb." Janet is found of maligning the other side of town as "trailer parks". Like she's sumpin special.

Res-- if you think being a "Newcomer" is a bad offense then do me a favor. Go tell Fayette native Scott Ballard that his "criminal friendly" office is a really bad idea. I am glad to see that longtimers like you are involved but I am not so sure your shot at Rehwaldt is deserved.

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Submitted by LifeLongResident on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 4:26pm.

I admit, I don't know the candidates and I don't live in Tyrone. I assumed that since he had only lived in Tyrone for 5 years, he was new to Fayette as well.
I live in the unincorporated part of the county (at least until Fayetteville tries to annex more land). But it never seems to fail that people move here to escape problems, then run for office and create what they left behind. Peachtree City is majority "imports" and is used as an example of "planned development" gone wrong.
Why do you never hear a candidate say they will fight to keep the small town a small town? Meaning fighting to grow S_L_O_W_L_Y, not fight growth altogether. I realize that growth is inevitable.
As for Scott Ballard, I went to school with him, but you will never hear me defend him. He is a lawyer son of a lawyer. I have no use for attorneys. Fools electing them to legislative office (and that includes county commissions and city councils) is one of the primary reasons the legal system in this country is so horribly fouled up.

It was fun watching everyone get exercised.

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

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 4:31pm.

Please provide a link that goes in depth about Peachtree City being the example of "planned development" gone wrong. Something reputable would be preferable, not a link to someone's blog on here who has had a bad day. I live here, and absolutely love it. I know many others who feel the same way. It's far from perfect, but in my travels, I have found it hard to beat.

Anyways, I'll wait on the link.

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 3:47pm.

Ptctaxpayer I agree with you. The Wandering Smolas are trying to turn Tyrone into a little New Jersey. Mike Smolas doesn't care what the people want for the town, it is what ..he.. wants. I think all of the people who are against high density have said it loud and clear. That being Tracy Young, Gordon Shenkle, and Rehwaldt, Smola is very much for high density and his vote on the sewer deal shows it. We are not using all the sewer we have now, no where near it, and even old Smola said in his annoucement, we are already almost built out. If he believes his own words, then he would have to be honest and say we don't need 3 times as much as we could ever use. In my eyes, the only reason he could be voting for that much extra sewer would be he plans to vote in more Wieland projects, which is so against what the voters of Tyrone want. He can't deny him, if we have it, Wieland could/would sue for use of it, and Smola knows it. We can't say we are gonna have it just in case. If we got the extra sewer and didn't use it, it would make the bill for the present uses go through the roof! Smola very recently cast the only vote for...8 houses, not buildings, houses, to an acre for downtown Tyrone. What does that tell you? It tells me he is a liar, and wants to dupe the voters one last time. If he has any sense at all, which is doubtfull, he will withdraw his name. Cause, when the pedel hits the metal, other than Janet, he ain't gonna get too many votes. I would bet anyone, he gets less than 300, if that many.

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Submitted by Voice of Fayett... on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 3:53pm.

(1) Janet Smola has never had an opponent. No one cares. She has no mandate and no following.

(2) Mike Smola edged out his opponent by about 50 votes when it was announced two months before the election that Smola's opponent got transferred to Minnesota. With an announcement like that, an organ grinder's monkey could have won.

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 8:29am.

Wow! I knew Janet Smola got in cause no one was running, but I didn't know Mike Smola ...BARLEY... beat an opponent that people knew had moved away 2 months before the election! That sounds almost like a protest vote! And now he is gonna run against a real person who isn't moving away? He needs to withdraw and save face. He is gonna get clobbered! Same thing if anyone runs against Janet. And people of Tyrone, you are getting what you deserve by no one running against her!

Submitted by Tyrone Aries on Mon, 08/27/2007 - 10:17am.

I and everyone I know offer our support to Don Rehwaldt, Tracy Young, and Gorden Shenkle!! We hope that you will break down this dictatorship created by Barry, Valerie, Smola, Latourneau, and Lee. Please don't let us down. Our livelihoods depend on it!

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 4:20pm.

There was a discussion at a recent Tyrone Town Hall meeting about an old cemetery in Trickum Creek Estates. Barry was asked point blank about it. I wasn't there, but have been told by several people, his response was. "I know, it looks like a cemetery, but the report came back it wasn't." I went over to look for myself, and it is indeed a cemetery with a date of death on one of the graves apparently shoved to the side of the road, of 1860. Not believing anyone could have said that was NOT a cemetery, I went to the minutes of the meeting of Aug 2 and found only "Mr Amos provided a synopsis and stated he would give her a copy of the report on the cemetery." This is taking liberties with the minutes my Dear, if you can't take the time to listen to the tapes and write everything that was said, and not your little brief discriptions of them, why don't you quit so we can find someone who will do the job correctly?

Submitted by Bucky on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 2:42pm.

Well isn't this ironic. The people who are complaining about Barry's 'boys' are already creating their own set of Don's 'boys'. This is the stuff that drives us voters crazy. Thanks to people and posts like this all 3 of the candidates mentioned just lost my vote. We're sick of this kind of campaign crap. Stick to the issues! Not one candidate in any of these races has said anything different about their vision as opposed to the person they are running against. I don't know how candidates like Ken and Jesse will be if elected but we have seen them in action at planning meetings and while I can't say I have agreed with every decision I can say that they have given proper attention and thought to their opinions. Although it's early and subject to change they have so far handled their announcements ethically without getting out the 'boys'. As far as Smola is concerned he just got my vote back again since he hasn't gone to this measure yet either but I'm sure he'll find a way to lose it again. Here's hoping for a darkhorse 3rd candidate for mayor and maybe even for a Council post, we'll see.

Submitted by ConfushaSay on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 3:13pm.



Submitted by Boo on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 3:36pm.

You've been an anti-depressant here lately. But you've given me belly aches. Your prayer blog now this... Lol....

Submitted by ConfushaSay on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 3:46pm.

Sorry for the belly ache Boo. Laughter is the best medicine. After all, the current Tyrone government is a "CRUEL JOKE."

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