Smyrna Qualifying is Underway
On Monday, Jason Saliba, Ward 5, and Ziad Salameh, Ward 7, made official their first-term bids for a seat on the Smyrna city council.
Election qualifying marks the official start of the 2011 election season for Smyrna and two candidates Monday morning became the first to officially throw their hats into the ring.
Jason Saliba is seeking the Ward 5 city council seat. Jimmy Smith, current Ward 5 council member, announced he would not seek reelection at the June 18 city council meeting.
Saliba may be running against Ward 5 resident Mike Hyde. Hyde announced earlier this month that he would be running for the seat during citizen input at a city council meeting, but he has yet to officially register as of this morning.
Ziad Salameh is seeking the city council seat that will be left vacant by Pete Wood, Ward 7 council member.
Salameh, who is a project manager for Schneider Electric, is originally from Lebanon. He was inspired to run for city council by advice his parents gave him.
“Anywhere you settle with your family you adapt and you adopt,” he said. “So basically, I have adapted to the rules and laws of Smyrna and now it’s time to adopt it. I’ve been very involved in the community…No one can dispute what Smyrna has gone through over the last 10, 15 years. Basically, it’s time to step up my community involvement one notch and serve the community and keep it going in a positive direction.”
Salameh is the father of two children, a son who attends Campbell High School and a daughter who attends Campbell Middle School. His community involvement includes serving on the Nickajack Elementary School P.T.A. and Upward Basketball, but now he’d like to shift the focus of his community engagement.
“Promoting the good in Smyrna: education, sports, athletics, neighborhoods, community development,” he said. “And what I mean by community development is not builders and developers and building permits as much as real community development, trying to come up with other ideas to keep bringing Smyrna together. My main purpose is to promote the positive in Smyrna.”
Smyrna-Vinings Patch will continue to provide coverage of the 2011 election qualifying period which continues until 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31. The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.