20 qualify on 1st day for the Nov. elections; 5 incumbents step forward in Marietta City Council races
by Lindsay Field
August 27, 2013 12:29 AM | 5102 views | 2 2 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Qualifying for the Nov. 5 election began Monday morning and so far 20 candidates have registered for the election.

Candidates can seek election for city council seats in the cities of Marietta, Kennesaw, Acworth, Powder Springs and Austell. There will also be elections for the Marietta City Board of Education’s seven seats.

Qualifying for Marietta, Kennesaw and Acworth will run through Wednesday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The qualification period in Austell and Powder Springs is Tuesday through Thursday.

Marietta Council

Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin has registered for re-election and a challenger, Charley Levinson, has qualified to run against him.

Council members Annette Lewis in Ward 1, Griffin Chalfant in Ward 2, Andy Morris in Ward 4, Anthony Coleman in Ward 5 and Philip Goldstein in Ward 7 have all qualified and are running for re-election for their seats.

Candidates seeking Johnny Sinclair’s Ward 3 seat are James Eubanks and Johnny Walker, both of whom registered on Monday. Sinclair has said he will not run for re-election citing his growing real estate business.

Marshall Dye has also qualified to run for Morris’s Ward 4 council seat and Michelle Cooper Kelly has qualified for the Ward 6 seat held by Councilman Jim King.

Marietta School Board

For the city’s seven board of education seats, incumbents Brett Bittner in Ward 1, Randy Weiner in Ward 3, Jill Mutimer in Ward 4 and Irene Berens in Ward 7 have all qualified.

Dr. Paul Gilreath, a Marietta dentist, is a new candidate seeking election and has qualified for the Ward 5 school board seat, which was left open after the city wards were redrawn.


Only three of the council posts in Kennesaw will be on the Nov. 5 ballot, including the Post 3 seat held by Bruce Jenkins, Post 5 held by Jeff Duckett and Post 4 held by Matthew Riedemann.

At the close of Monday, Jenkins, Riedemann and Duckett had all qualified.

Newcomer James “Jim” Sebastian has qualified to run against Duckett in Post 5. In a previous MDJ article, Sebastian was identified as a member of the Kennesaw Citizens Advisory Committee and was nominated but voted down as the late Bill Thrash’s replacement on the council in late June after Thrash’s death.


Acworth is the only other city besides Marietta in Cobb County that will include a mayoral election.

Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood will be seeking re-election. The Post 5 seat held by Alderman Tim Houston and Post 4 seat held by Tim Richardson, will also be up for election. No candidates had qualified as of 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Powder Springs and Austell elections

Qualifying for Powder Springs and Austell starts Tuesday.

Three council positions will be on the Nov. 5 ballot in Powder Springs, including Ward 1, represented by Cheryle Sarvis; Ward 2, Al Thurman; and Ward 3, Nancy Hudson.

Austell, like Kennesaw, has council members who represent the entire city. However, only certain positions have this large of a reach, including the Post 1, held by Trudie Causey, which will be up for election.

The two other council positions on the Nov. 5 ballot are elected from a specific district, including representatives Kirsten Anderson from Ward 1 and Martin Standard from Ward 3.

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did walker drop out?
August 27, 2013
The biography on JohnnyWalkerForMarietta.com reads "[Johnny] attended Hickory Hills Elementary and Marietta Junior High before graduating from Marietta High School in 1978. From there, Johnny went on to study business at Mercer University, and ultimately settled back in Marietta to begin work managing his family’s company."

He graduated high school, but he "studied at" Mercer.

Is Johnny Walker a college dropout?

If indeed Walker is a college dropout as his website seems to imply, that seals the deal for me.

Lifelong dropouts are NOT qualified to represent me. The only possible exception would be if he left college because of military service.

So MDJ, what's the story?
SC Observer
August 27, 2013
Yea, because you know those other dropouts (Jobs and Gates) were such failures.

A college degree only implies that you were able to survive excessive drinking for 4 to 6 years.
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