Trio of candidates seek Smyrna's vacated Ward 5 council seat
With Councilman Jimmy Smith not running for re-election, Ward 5 will have a new councilperson to help shape the future of this vital portion of Smyrna.
Editor's note: Smyrna’s general election on Tuesday, Nov. 8 is just five days away. Early voting is ongoing at the Smyrna Community Center through Friday, Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
In the 2007 election, less than 3,000 of 29,000 registered Smyrna voters bothered to go to the polls. For the past two elections combined, less than 7,000 casted their ballot for mayor in Smyrna.
Will the presence of a record 19 candidates on the ballot help send more to the polls this year? Most observers say yes, as it has been a very spirited and at times nasty election season in the Jonquil City.
Oh, and residents will also vote on whether they want the choice to buy alcohol in stores on Sundays. The law would go into effect on Jan.1 if the referendum passes.
The council positions pay $17,100 per year and Councilman Wade Lnenicka, Ward 6, and Councilwoman Teri Anulewicz, Ward 3, are running unopposed. So is Andrea Blustein, Ward 2, who is set to take the seat of Ron Newcomb, who is not seeking re-election.
Hopefully voters and candidates can use this forum to intelligently and respectfully discuss the issues at hand heading into next week’s election.
So, with Election Day rapidly approaching, who are you going to vote for in Ward 5 and why? The candidates have been actively campaigning, knocking on doors and each have introduced themselves on Patch.
What have you heard from the candidates about code enforcement and business revitalization along South Cobb Drive?
With International Academy of Smyrna having its charter recently renewed and Georgia Highlands College considering opening a campus in Smyrna, do you know how important education is to the candidates?
Do you want your candidate to provide more open forums and town hall meetings? Let us know what you think and let’s get the conversation started.