Retired police officer Paul Moore and former Powder Springs police chief Rick Richardson are running against two-term Mayor Pat Vaughn.
For the Post 1 City Council seat, Rick Perry is running against Rosalyn Greene Neal, who is wrapping up her first four-year term on the council.
Post 2’s Tom Bevirt is running for his fourth term against first-time candidate Dr. Chris Wizner.
Three seats in Powder Springs are not up for re-election this year: Cheryl Sarvis, Ward 1; Al Thurman, Ward 2; and Nancy Hudson, Ward 3. They will be up in 2013.
Rosalyn Greene Neal
Political affiliation: None
Occupation: Retired president/CEO of Sunlynn Enterprises Inc. for 25 years
Previous political experience: Currently serving on Powder Springs City Council, served on the planning and zoning committee for five years before that.
Education: Massy College, formerly in Atlanta and earned an executive secretary diploma before working for the FBI.
Family: Divorced with one son, Lee, 49, a granddaughter, Lainey, 26, and two grandsons, Chris, 24, and Trey, 18.
Major issues in this race: “Balanced budget, services to citizens kept in tact, keeping businesses we now have by addressing any problems and if the economy comes up, hiring an economic development person to see about getting more businesses into Powder Springs which would raise our tax base.”
Raymond E. “Rick” Perry
Political affiliation: Independent
Occupation: Retired real estate agent and an insurance agent with AllState Insurance.
Previous political experience: None
Education: Bachelor of Arts from Mercer University, Macon
Family: Wife, Grace; two children, daughter Emory, 13, and an son John, 11.
Major issues in this race: “I am looking to obtain more commercial businesses in Powder Springs to increase the tax base since I come from a real estate business background. When I saw the Ace Hardware being turned into the Powder Springs Police Station, I saw that it’s taking a commercial business, one of our best retail parcels, and using it as a police station and taking it off the tax base. I just think our taxes are too high, as far as what we pay in city taxes.”
Political affiliation: None
Occupation: Semi-retired from exterminating for 40 years. Starting up another business part-time in January.
Previous political experience: “I’ve been doing this for 12 years and helped others in their campaigns in this area.”
Education: Undergraduate studies in history and civics from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Ill.
Family: Not married, no children.
Major issues in this race: “I have considerable experience in this area as a city councilman for 12 years … I bring a lot of experience. I have authored a lot of the legislation that we have here and probably will in the future if voters return me. I authored the sign ordinance, which prohibits commercial and political signs being located in the right of way. I think a lot of cities should do this because those signs make the city look trashy. In 2000, I started up citizens using the computer to pay bills from home/online.”
Between 1999-2007, Bevirt insisted on the city’s code enforcement department property and strictly enforce ordinances.
“I’ve been tough on alcohol sales to drunks or kids and I think our city ranks pretty good with that out of all the cities in the county in this area. We have been able to keep taxes reasonable even though we’re going through some very difficult times — all cities are — we’re keeping our services up and nobody’s missed their garbage … their water … their police. We’ve kept up all of our services without raising taxes. We have a new police station. We are in the process of starting to complete Lewis Road … and connecting eventually to (Richard D.) Sailors Parkway. This is going to hire a lot of people to do the work. There’s potential for the out years to do a lot with the property back there. Plans have been in the mill for years to do more with the property back there as far as housing, commercial and such. I think it’s a good time for little cities, especially like us, to be innovative.”
Political affiliation: “More Republican than anything.”
Occupation: Family physician with WellStar Medical Group
Previous political experience: “I’m new at it. I have been on the Powder Springs planning and zoning committee for 13 years and a chairman for six years.”
Wizner also serves on leadership teams at WellStar and is his neighborhood’s Home Owner’s Association president.
“This is my first venture into politics,” he said.
Education: Bachelor of Science from Emory University, Atlanta; medical degree from Mercer University, Macon; residency served at Floyd Medical Center in Rome; been with WellStar Medical Group for 16 years.
Family: Wizner has been married to his wife Penny for 20 years and they have two children, a 19-year-old son William and 16-year-old daughter Kellie.
Major issues in this race: “The main thing that I would like to see is the city continue to develop in a wise manner. We need commercial property in the right areas and the right commercial … and to see the commercial property grow and prosper but also bring in larger commercial in the outskirts of the city.”