The Marietta Daily Journal – Around Town Qualifying Time City election season officially kicks off Monday

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The Marietta Daily Journal – Around Town Qualifying Time City election season officially kicks off Monday

CAMPAIGN SEASON officially kicks off next week in Marietta when qualifying opens Monday for the Nov. 5 city elections. But the most controversial choice on the ballot won’t be qualifying — because it’s already locked in as a centerpiece item.

That, of course, will be the referendum asking city voters to approve a $68 million bond to underwrite a redevelopment campaign in the Franklin Road corridor. The bond is the centerpiece of Mayor Steve Tumlin’s reelection effort and has the support of many, but not all, of those running this fall. Leading the opposition is Tumlin’s only known challenger at this point, printing press operator Charles Levinson.

The city’s races are nonpartisan, meaning candidates don’t have to declare a political affiliation. But in case you’re wondering, Tumlin represented the city in the state Legislature as a Republican and Levinson is an avowed Democrat.

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HERE’S HOW the other races appear to shake out:

Ward 1: Marietta School Board member Stuart Fleming, who works for Coca-Cola Enterprises, is challenging incumbent Annette Lewis.

Ward 2: Incumbent Grif Chalfant has no known opposition at this point.

Ward 3: Three-term incumbent Johnny Sinclair unexpectedly dropped out of the race two weeks ago. Real estate agent/photographer Johnny Walker has mounted a strong effort to take the seat, and downtown property baron James Eubanks is a last-minute addition to the race.

Ward 4: Incumbent Andy Morris is being challenged by city Board of Zoning Appeals member Marshall Dye, owner of Georgia’s largest tennis court-manufacturing company.

Ward 5: No one as yet has surfaced to run against incumbent Anthony Coleman, which is somewhat of a surprise in light of the controversies that have tailed him throughout his years on council. Most recently, he chose to skip the meeting this spring at which the council voted on how to divvy up part of the proceeds from the bond. Coleman’s ward had been expected to get $1.2 million, perhaps to use for renovating the segregation-era Lemon Street School for blacks. But Coleman was a no-show, saying afterward he was under the weather. Result? No money for Ward 5.

However, Coleman is taking his re-election seriously, a fellow councilman told Around Town: “Anthony’s been working. He’s been out knocking on doors.”

He might need to knock on a lot of them — unless no one signs up to run against him.

Ward 6: Three-term incumbent Jim King is being challenged by Marietta Housing Authority board member Michelle Cooper Kelly, a manager for Anheuser-Busch. And there is speculation King might decide the time has come to call it quits.

“She’s been hitting the pavement. He hasn’t, as far as I know,” said one council intimate.

Kelly has put signs up all over that northeast-side ward, including one in a yard just across from King’s house, without much of a response, the politico added.

Ward 7: It would be the “story of the year” or perhaps even the “story of the decade” if incumbent Philip Goldstein were to decide not to run again. But there’s no chance of that, he told Around Town. He plans to qualify for what would be his ninth full term on council in the seat he has held since 1980.

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Around Town Qualifying Time City election season officially kicks off Monday.

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