Austell runoff returns Green to seat
by Jon Gillooly
December 04, 2013 12:45 AM | 1291 views | 4 4 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
AUSTELL — Former Austell City Councilman Randy Green won Tuesday’s runoff election with 72 votes compared to incumbent Martin Standard’s 23 votes and Variance and Appeals board member Ann Turner’s 9.

“There are no provisional ballots so this is final,” said Janine Eveler, director of the Cobb Board of Elections. “It will be certified on Monday.”

Austell Mayor Joe Jerkins said he was pleased that Green, who previously served 12 years on the council, ousted Standard.

“He worked real good on the council,” Jerkins said of Green. “I’m glad to see him back. Martin Standard worked totally against the council, worked against me all the time, and he worked against the employees. He was totally against the government that I was running.”

Standard has accused the mayor of sending code enforcement officers against those who oppose his agenda.

In the Nov. 5 election, Green received 49 percent of the Ward 3 vote, with Standard and Turner tied at 25.5 percent. Those numbers triggered a runoff, since to win in Austell a candidate must have 50 percent of the votes plus one vote, Eveler said.

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Virginia Reagan
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December 04, 2013
Congratulations Randy, I sure have missed you and I'm so glad you're back on council. That remark Martin made about the Mayor sending Code Enforcement after those that opposed him. "Not true" Martin Standard turned in many, many complaints against his constituents. "Welcome Back Randy."
Citizen of Austell
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December 04, 2013
Welcome back Randy. I can tell you that we have had several notes left on our door step from Mr. Martin if it is not his way he bullys his way around. He doesn't like the fact of older homes in Austell and doesn't like the word "Grandfathered in"! Can't wait to see Austell move forward.

Welcome back Randy and Welcome Mr. Clemons!!!
Jason McLain
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December 04, 2013
It amazes me at the leadership in these small towns that exist. I do not know how else to explain the comment by the Mayor, "He was totally against the government I was running," other than a dictatorship. It is embarrassing if you ask me, people need to wake up and realize what is going on in this city.
Jason McLain
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December 04, 2013
It is amazing at the leadership that you can find in these small towns like this. Just look at the Mayor's words. I do not know any other way to explain the comment "He was totally against the government that I was running" other than a dictatorship. Embarrassing if you ask me, how dare you question the Mayor or just once not agree with him.
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