Former Kennesaw mayor to seek city council seat
by Rachel Miller
August 28, 2013 12:56 AM | 3243 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Leonard Church, former mayor of Kennesaw stands at Swift-Cantrell Park in Kennesaw, which he helped bring to the city when he was mayor.
Leonard Church, former mayor of Kennesaw stands at Swift-Cantrell Park in Kennesaw, which he helped bring to the city when he was mayor.
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MARIETTA — Kennesaw and Austell had a line of contenders signing up on the second day of qualifying for the city elections that will be Nov. 5.

Bruce Jenkins, who holds the Post 3 seat on the Kennesaw City Council, will face Leonard Church, a former two-term mayor of Kennesaw. Church was ousted by the current mayor, Mark Mathews, in 2008, and beaten again by Mathews in 2011.

Matt Riedemann, who was appointed to the Kennesaw council on July 1 to fill the unexpired term of the late Councilman Bill Thrash, will have to fight to keep the seat. Jimmy Dickens, the owner of the Amazing Cuts barber shop, has qualified to run against Riedemann.

Dickens ran for council two years ago and said this year there is enough momentum to push him over the top.

“I think I am going to be a great link to the community,” Dickens said.

Each council member serves “at large,” meaning they represent the entire city and therefore are voted on by all residents of Kennesaw, not just people in a certain ward or district.

Austell is another city, like Kennesaw, that has council members who represent the entire city.

Trudie Causey holds one of the at-large positions and will be running for re-election against Ollie Clemons, who has lived in Austell for eight years and worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years.

Clemons is on Austell’s Planning and Zoning Board and said he was encouraged by neighbors and friends to run for council.

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

Randy Green, who was born and raised in Austell, qualified on Tuesday to run for Standard’s seat.

“I figure if I am going to live in Austell I would like to have a say so,” Green said.

Green said in the 1980s he owned a tire store, and recently had to close a door and window business in Austell’s downtown because of the bad economy.

Green will face off against another Austell business owner from Ward 3, Ann Turner, who runs a tailor business from her home.

Turner said she is a “New England Yankee” who moved to Austell in 1995 with her husband, Randy.

“I have lived here long enough, it is time to give back,” Turner said.

Turner said she attends most of the council meetings and considers herself a fiscal conservative that must be given an “extremely good reason” to spend money.

Powder Springs had no surprises in Tuesday’s qualifying, with incumbents Cheryle Sarvis of Ward 1, Albert Thurman of Ward 2 and Nancy Hudson of Ward 3 submitting their applications.

This past term was the first time Sarvis and Hudson served on the council. Thurman has been a council member since 2002.

Two community members who hold city positions or appointments in Marietta qualified Tuesday in hopes of moving to a different governing body.

Marietta Board of Education member Stuart Fleming will challenge Councilwoman Annette Lewis for her Ward 1 seat, and Planning Commission member Jason Waters will run for the Ward 2 slot on the Marietta school board.

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