Suzanne Thrash said Thursday she submitted an affidavit to the city of Kennesaw to be considered for his Post 4 seat.
Under the city’s charter, if a vacancy in the office of the mayor and/or council occurs within 12 months of the expiration of the term, it should be filled by an a election by the mayor and council of a qualified person to serve out the unexpired term.
Anyone interested in being considered for the role can submit their name along with a sworn affidavit stating he or she is qualified to serve. The affidavit can be found on the city’s website at kennesaw-ga.gov/government/city-clerk/elections or at City Hall.
The deadline for the application is 5 p.m. Friday, June 7. The mayor and council will elect the new council member in a subsequent meeting.
Thrash said she and her husband, a councilman since 2001, discussed the matter before his passing and they both agreed she would carry on her husband’s wishes and vision for the city.
“Bill and I felt that in order to keep some type of cohesive movement going, we need someone there who already knows his wishes,” she said. “This is Bill’s legacy. I want to honor that.”
A memorial celebration for Thrash will be held Saturday, June 8, at Kennesaw Mountain High School at 11 a.m. A picnic at Swift-Cantrell Park will immediately follow.
Thrash said she has no plans to run for the seat in the November election, only to serve the rest of his term.
“It’s going to be very hard for me as it is,” Thrash said, adding it was difficult to see her husband’s name on the dais when she attended Wednesday night’s work session.
Thrash said she has “no agenda” other than to continue her husband’s work and support the mayor and council, “because they are grieving, too.”
The 59-year-old was born in Denver. She attended high school and college in Minnesota before returning to Colorado to work as a police officer for more than 10 years. After she adopted her daughter Mandy, 27, and Robby, 24, she retired from the police force in 1986.
Thrash went back to work 10 years later as a paraprofessional at Wheeler High School and then became a teacher in 1999. She transferred in 2001 to Kennesaw Mountain High School, where she still teaches today.