Three vie in Austell runoff for Ward 3
by Rachel Gray
November 20, 2013 12:00 AM | 1218 views | 2 2 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
AUSTELL — In less than two weeks, Austell will conduct a three-way runoff for the Ward 3 race between Councilman Martin Standard, former councilman Randy Green and Variance and Appeals board member Ann Turner.

In the city-wide election Nov. 5, Green received 49 percent of the Ward 3 vote, with Standard and Turner tied at 25.5 percent.

To win in Austell, a candidate must have 50 percent of the votes plus one vote, said Janine Eveler, director of the Cobb Board of Elections.

The one polling place at City Hall off Broad Street will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 3, Eveler said.

Standard said the majority of voters are not aware there is a runoff, but he plans to wait until after Thanksgiving to make a big push on the campaign trail.

After the election, Green said he had several people telling him congratulations, thinking he had won the race Nov. 5.

“Most of my concentration has been on getting people out to vote,” Green said.

Ward 3 has 802 registered voters, with 204 who voted Nov. 5, or slightly more than 25 percent, Eveler said.

Standard said there is an older crowd in Austell who remember the city from earlier days, and do not want to see development and changes.

“Which is (Mayor Joe Jerkins) mentality as well,” Standard said. “He likes being able to control every aspect (of the city).”

Standard said the mayor protects his friends, and if you oppose Jerkins, “he will send code enforcement after you.”

Turner, who has accused Standard of driving businesses out of Austell, said, “I believe in working for a city and not against it.”

Turner said even if she does not win Dec. 3, she will continue to attend council meetings as a concerned citizen. Unlike Standard, who Turner said has missed 11 meetings during the latest term.

“I am not a part of the good-old-boy network,” Turner said.

Jerkins has publicly backed Green for the Ward 3 race, but Standard said he has been given a second shot to keep his position on the council.

“Basically, in this town, you are either for the mayor or you are not,” Standard said. “And in this race, you are either Joe’s guy or you aren’t.”

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Virginia Reagan
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November 21, 2013
I believe I may be in that “older crowd in Austell” that Martin Standard referred to in the article “Three Vie in Austell runoff for Ward 3. What does he think he is a spring chicken? I don’t think so; back when I was in my middle 50 my grandchildren thought I was old, too.

Yes, I’m older, but if I didn’t think I could serve my constituents as well as they deserve and attend the meetings I obligated myself to when I first qualified, other than being sick or going on vacation, I would never have committed to this job.

Standard stated we didn’t want to see development and changes. I don’t know where this came from council has never stood in the way of development. Changes? Does this mean that council will not take Taxpayers money and clean up the businesses in town? This responsibility belongs to the owners of the buildings.

Standard’s sly remarks about our Mayor “he likes being able to control every aspect of the city.” Whatever is on our agenda Mayor Jerkins knows every detail of that item; he explains what and why this would be good for the city or why we need whatever it may be. Maybe, if Standard had felt pre-agenda/work session was important and showed up for the meetings, he’s missed 10 pre-agenda meetings in less than 4 years, he just might understand why the Mayor is in control. He has also missed 8 council meetings for a total of 18 meetings.

About the most hilarious remark he made about our Mayor “He will send Code Enforcement after you” I don’t know who he is trying to fool. Martin has wrote multi-complaints against our residents and business owners.

Although, he didn’t mention the Veterans Memorial Park I can’t understand why he didn’t vote to approve it. The Veterans Memorial Park will be a tribute of gratitude to all men and women that have fought and some have given their lives for our freedom. I appreciate that and voted for the Veterans Memorial Park.

I just wanted to clarify the information Standard gave you in the article referred to above is very misleading.

Virginia Reagan; City of Austell Ward 4

770 948 7303

Austell hayseed
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November 23, 2013
Standard's remarks are, as usual, strange.

It has been Trudie Causey, Suzanne Thomason and Martin Standard who have been pushing code enforcement in Austell, not Mayor Jerkins and the 3 other council members.

You can read this for yourself in the council mimutes at the official City of Austell, Ga site. Go back 4 years at look at what Causey and Standard have done about codes and go back 2 years to see what Thomason has done.

Standard and Causey were elected to their 1st term 4 years ago. Causey did not get that many votes against an incumbent and Standard ran unopposed. He simply paid his qualifying fee and automatically got the seat of retiring council member Beverly Boyd. No one else ran.

Suzanne Thomason was elected 2 years later by only 2 votes against Randy Green.

These 3 have done nothing but harass homeowners and businesses for minor code infractions, which can be a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail.

In the November election Causey was thrown out of office by a huge nearly 4 to 1 vote. Standard received about half the votes Randy Green got and the same as a 71 year old grandmother who has never run for office before.

The runoff election for Standard will be Tuesday Dec. 3 with early voting the week before for a couple of days beofre Thanksgiving at city hall by the railroad tracks in downtown Austell.
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