The last few months of 2013 were filled with surprises in Cobb County — the news that the Atlanta Braves were moving here, and the merger of Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State universities being the two biggest.
The final week of the year saw another shocker — the unexpected announcement by Northwest Cobb Commissioner Helen Goreham that she would not run again when her current term, her third, expires at the end of this year.
She made her intentions known via a letter to the editor of the MDJ.
“I believe that most of the folks who placed me in office are pleased with the value system that I’ve established,” she wrote. “With that being said, new challenges loom for District 1 and it will be an opportune time to bring in a new face with a new perspective. I have decided to retire at the end of my term in 2014 and pass the baton.”
A handful of hopefuls were quick to announce their candidacies for her seat. But she will be a tough act to follow.