Close to 40 candidates running in South Fulton

Mon, 09/03/2007 - 9:05am
By: Ben Nelms

The run up to the November election should prove interesting in the cities of south Fulton County. The list of candidates for mayor and council races in Chattahoochee Hill Country, Palmetto, Union City and Fairburn were impressive as of press time, with a total of 38 candidates qualifying.

Races for the new City of Chattahoochee Hill Country include the complete slate of elected positions, including the mayor and all five district council seats. The qualifying period did not end until 4:30 p.m. Friday, several hours after press time for the Saturday edition.

Three Chatt Hills residents had qualified for the mayor’s race as of noon. Those include retiree Don Hayes, business owner Tom Reed and recently retired business owner Rocky Reeves.

Chatt Hills is the only city in south Fulton to elect council members by district. The candidates qualifying for Council District 1 were business owner John C. Taylor and administrative assistant Ruby Foster. Those qualifying for the District 2 seat were retiree Mark Prater, retiree Carl J. Hattaway, retiree L. J. “Mickey” Tierney and accounts payable representative Judy Petty Wall. Two Chatt Hills residents qualified for the District 3 seat. Those include retiree Alton C. Powell, writer Laurie Searle and scenic services supervisor David Hanson. District 4 qualifiers include consultant Faye Peek Godwin and farmer Wayne Stradling. Qualifiers for the District 5 seat include planned giving director Ernie Henderson, air traffic controller Rodney W. Peek and retiree Hugh Tyer.

Palmetto has no shortage of candidates for mayor and three council seats. Qualifying for mayor are incumbent Clark Boddie and Councilman John Miller. And qualifying for the three at-large council seats are incumbent Leon Sumlin, police officer Laura Mullis, business owner Hunter Gillam, contractor Scott Cannon, Fayette County Board of Education employee Natalie Beavers-McFadden and Palmetto Neighborhood Association President Lorraine Allen.

Further up Roosevelt Highway in Union City, qualifying continued until 4:30 p.m. Friday, several hours after press time. Those qualifying by noon Friday for the two at-large council seats were incumbent Helen Turner, incumbent Alisa King, broker Sandra Brittian, Fulton Police administrator Brian Jones, manager and planning commission member Ricky Ryles and business owner and planning commission member Vince Williams.

And in Fairburn, incumbent council members Frankie Arnold, Ron Alderman and Marian Johnson are facing four challengers for the three at-large council seats. Challengers include business owner Jeff Couch, Georgia state employee Elizabeth Hurst, Atlanta Police Officer Bryan Paden and business owner Jeral Todd.

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