Third Smyrna City Council Member Announces Reelection bid
A representative from Ward 2 is also appointed to Smyrna's Tree Board at Monday's City Council meeting.
Another Smyrna City Council member announced their intent to run for reelection in November during Monday night’s meeting at City Hall. Ward 3 Councilwoman Teri Anulewicz indicated that she will seek a second term after first being elected in 2007.
“I ran four years ago against an incumbent,’’ she said. “I really felt there was a lack of representation from a lot of the younger families that had been moving into Smyrna. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I hope I’ve done a good job of representing my constituents, being accessible to the folks in Ward 3.’’
While Anulewicz will be on the November ballot, Councilman Ron Newcomb, who was first elected in 1991, remains undecided, telling Patch, “I’m still in the process of thinking that over.’’
Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon, who has held the Jonquil City’s top political seat since 1985, also has indicated he will run for an eighth term.
The General Election is set for Nov. 8 and there will also be a Special Election regarding Sunday alcohol sales in the city limits between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30p.m. If voters approve the referendum to allow retailers of malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits to sell on Sunday, then the new law would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2012.
According to the City of Smyrna’s website: “Any person desiring to become a candidate shall file written notice during the advertised qualifying period. Qualifying for candidates will begin Monday, August 29, 2011, and end on Wednesday, August 31, 2011. The hours for qualifying shall be between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day, but will close for a one (1) hour lunch break from 12:30 noon until 1:30 p.m. Qualifying shall be held in the Human Resources Room at the Smyrna City Hall, 2800 King Street, Smyrna, Georgia. Qualifying fees has been set and published as $684 for Mayor and $513 for Council, Wards 1-7.''
For more information regarding qualifications of mayor and council, see the Smyrna City website. Voting registration continues through Oct. 11 and may be done at the Smyrna City Clerk’s office or at any of the designated places for registering Cobb County residents.
Like Newcomb, Councilwoman Melleny Pritchett, Ward 1, has also not made her intention known as to whether she will seek another term in office.
Newcomb did take time to appoint Smyrna resident Kim Brinson as the Ward 2 representative to Smyrna’s Tree Board. She has a bachelor's degree in Geology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and worked for Genesis Project Environmental Services, located in Smyrna, for five years.
Brinson is an active member of the Smyrna Community Garden and is excited to become more involved with the Smyrna community through the Smyrna Tree Board. “I believe that the most important things in life begin at the local level and preserving the natural environment around us plays a large part in making this city enjoyable and attractive for all,” she said.
Newcomb said of Brinson, who is married and has a young son, “She is exactly the kind of young professional with families who are re-populating our neighborhoods, who are committed to quality of life issues, and who represent the next generation of leaders in Smyrna.”
Newcomb, as well, was heaped with praise Monday night by fellow council members, as the now Dr. Newcomb last week received his Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Georgia.
“It’s a reminder to all of us that we should all be responsible for our continued education, either formal or informal,’’ said McNabb in congratulating his fellow councilman.
Check back with Patch for further coverage of Monday night's meeting.