Mayoral race picks up two candidates
by Brandon Wilson
September 03, 2009 01:00 AM | 4334 views | 3 3 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA - Two more Marietta mayoral candidates, as well as two additional City Council candidates and a final school board hopeful, qualified to run in the Nov. 3 election Wednesday - which was the last day to become eligible.

Chris Neill, 32, a nine-year resident of Cobb who graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in polymer chemistry, qualified to run for the mayor's seat being vacated by Bill Dunaway.

Neill taught science for seven years at Wheeler High School. Recently, he has been with a science education company that trains teachers, he said. He has lived in Marietta since his wedding with his wife, Stephanie, seven years ago.

The first-time political office seeker said he is running for mayor "because I can honestly represent why people want to live in Marietta, and I can bring much needed leadership and direction to our city government."

"The real value in our political process is the opportunity for ordinary people to get involved and have their voices be heard," he said.

Mayoral candidate William Bolton, 61, has lived in Marietta since 1992, he said. He has been a computer consultant most of his life and has three degrees from Georgia Tech in sanitation engineering, civil engineering and engineering science and mechanics.

He ran against Dunaway in 2005 pushing an extension of MARTA rail, he said.

The father of two sons said he is focused on separation of church and state, work rights for women with children, the environment and business protectionism.

Neill and Bolton join former Republican state Rep. Steve Tumlin, of Marietta, in the race for Marietta mayor.

There will also be a three-way race for the Ward 5 City Council seat.

Christopher Johnson, 40, qualified Wednesday. He is a veterinarian at Hiram Animal Hospital. He earned his doctorate of veterinarian medicine at University of Missouri - Columbia. He is married and a father of three.

"I feel that the responsibility of the City Council is to promote the general welfare of the Marietta community by balancing the needs of the citizens, the businesses and the city government in a concurrent fashion," Johnson writes on his Web site. "On occasion I have been concerned that this balance was not achieved, or that policies were implemented with short term benefits in mind without regard to long term consequences."

Johnson will square off against incumbent City Councilman the Rev. Anthony Coleman and former councilman James Dodd.

The other two City Council members facing opposition in the Nov. 3 election are Holly Walquist, Ward 3, and Van Pearlberg, Ward 4. Walquist faces former Councilman Johnny Sinclair, 41, who was elected in 1997 and served eight years before stepping down to focus on his career. Pearlberg faces 64-year-old developer Wes Godwin.

The four other incumbent City Council members, Annette Lewis, Ward 1, Grif Chalfant, Ward 2, Jim King, Ward 6, and Philip Goldstein, Ward 7, will have no opposition.

As for the Marietta school board, whose seven members are also up for election, only one additional resident qualified Wednesday.

Logan Weber, 30, is a graduate of Marietta High School and the University of Georgia in 2001, with a degree in child and family development.

He is running for the Ward 1 seat being vacated by chiropractor Scott Allen, and will face Robert "Bobby" Thanepohn, who works for CryoLife in Kennesaw.

Weber is employed as a Trader by Grove Services - an international holding company specializing in agricultural-based commodity trading. He and his wife Katie Weber have one daughter.

Those qualifying for seats on the school board on Monday and Tuesday were:

* For the Ward 5 seat being vacated by Jeannie Carter, Stuart Fleming, 32, who works in strategy and operations for Coca-Cola Enterprises, and Doug Martin, 56, who runs a marketing firm, Diversified Educational Motivational Marketing;

* For the Ward 6 seat being vacated by Tom Smith, Michelle Kelly, a manager with Anheuser-Busch, and Thomas Cheater, a manager with BT Global, a telecommunications provider;

* Incumbents Tony Fasola, Ward 2, Randy Weiner, Ward 3, Jill Mutimer, Ward 4, and Irene Berens, Ward 7.
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September 04, 2009
Vote for Johnson
Mayor McCheese
September 03, 2009
I'd like to see Neill win. It would be nice to have some fresh insight in office rather than a guy like Tumlin who is just going to represent a small minority of people on the west side of town. I shall vote for Neill.
Vote For Pedro
September 03, 2009
Why do the developers keep running real estate toadies for Ward 5? We ain't that dumb, y'all, not even if your toadie is a Republican!!

Put a real estate guy in there and watch the Reynolds St Connector resurrect like Jesus on the Third Day.
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