Four candidates vying for seats on Euharlee council
by Jason Lowrey
Nov 03, 2013 | 1053 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Four candidates are in the running for two at-large seats on the Euharlee City Council. Incumbents Sammy Carden and Joseph “Jo-Jo” Turner are facing challengers Ronald Nesbitt and David Stout.

Euharlee voters will have their say in who represents the city on Nov. 5.

Editor’s note: Efforts to contact Turner on a number of occasions via phone were unsuccessful and he failed to respond to emailed questions.

Name: Sammy L Carden

Occupation: Dentist

Family: Widowed after 35 years of marriage

Education: Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry

Age: 61

Email: scardeneuharlee@gmail.com

Why did you decide to run for this particular race?

A: I feel confident that I am able to make decisions based on facts and needs best for our city.

If elected, what do you want to accomplish?

A: Continue to advance positive growth proposed in the master plan for Euharlee.

What is the most pressing issue facing Euharlee?

A: Continue working toward projecting a positive image for our city.

Once in office, what will be your top priority?

A: Complete the projects outlined in the master plan.

Why are you the best candidate for the position?

A: Life experience, sound judgement and commitment to put the needs of our city first as my benchmark.

Name: Ronald Dexter Nesbitt

Occupation: Business owner

Email: dnesbitt56@gmail.com

Why did you decide to run for this particular race?

A: To serve as a collective body representing the voice of the people fulfilling the obligations for the betterment of the community.

If elected, what do you want to accomplish?

A: Find ways to enhance city revenue collections to maintain or increase services. Revisiting current budget expenditures and revenue sources to find ways to minimize expenses and maximize resources would be of the [utmost] importance to ensure our city is able to balance the budget.

What is the most pressing issue facing Euharlee?

A: Insufficient infrastructure. Euharlee is an attractive community with access to many resources and as a result the population has exploded. To ensure that Euharlee remains to be as attractive and successful, it is imperative that sufficient infrastructure upgrades are undertaken.

Once in office, what will be your top priority?

A: To fully cooperate with the outgoing administration to ensure the smoothest transition, preventing any disruption to the community.

Why are you the best candidate for the position?

A: I believe I possess the characteristics of a great leader; the ability to listen, communicate effectively, gain a general consensus and draw the best conclusion of the majority of my would-be constituents.

Name: David Stout

Occupation: Professional bass tournament angler

Family: Wife Melanie, daughter Kristi and granddaughter Emma

Education: Graduate of Wills High in Smyrna

Age: 50

Email: davidstoutfishing@yahoo.com

Why did you decide to run for this particular race?

A: I decided to run this race because of the poor leadership at city hall. The way it is going we will see high property taxes in the near future. No one wants this. They are spending way to much money with no concerns of the residents in mind.

If elected, what do you want to accomplish?

A: If elected I would like to see more community-orientated leadership. I want to give the city back to the residents like it should be. We need a city manager that has the city at heart as the late Ms. Frankie Harris did. I would also push for a state audit to be done so we could get a true statement on the city finances and know just where we stand.

What is the most pressing issue facing Euharlee?

A: The most pressing issue facing the city would be the poor leadership and management at city hall. We have a few other issues but good management should correct all of them.

Once in office, what will be your top priority?

A: My top priority will be giving the city back to the residents. This will include finding suitable leadership and management at city hall.

Why are you the best candidate for the position?

A: I feel that I am the best candidate for this position because I am not afraid to make changes. I am not a politician. I am a representative for the residents, which is something the city has been lacking for a while. If they come to me with an issue, I promise it will be addressed. I am the residents’ voice at city hall.