Unless a large write-in campaign mounts in the next few months, incumbent Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul will run unopposed in the city’s upcoming municipal election.
Local businessman David Crim had qualified for the mayor’s race last week, but the city confirmed on Tuesday that Crim had formally filed paperwork to withdraw from the race.
Qualifying for the upcoming city election in Sandy Springs ended on Friday, and a total of nine candidates qualified for mayor and city council votes. Now, without Crim, Paul is the lone candidate for mayor and seven others will compete for council seats.
Paul, now in his mid-60s, has said that this will likely be his last political campaign. Paul was elected mayor in 2013, and considered a run for the 6th District Congressional seat, but ultimately decided against it.
For the council posts, four incumbents will run unopposed: John Paulson, Chris Burnett, Tibby DeJulio and Andy Bauman. Newcomer Steve Soteres is the only candidate for the District 2 council seat, left open by incumbent Ken Dishman.
The only competition for council races in Sandy Springs will be for the District 4 seat. Incumbent Gabriel Sterling is leaving that post to run for the Fulton County chairman, which leaves newcomers Le’Dor Milteer and Jody Reichel to duke it out for the seat.
Currently, Sandy Springs’ city council is made up of all white men. That will change, as Milteer and Reichel are both women.
The deadline to register to vote for the Sandy Springs election is Oct. 10. Early voting will take place between Oct. 16 and Nov. 3. Election day is Nov. 7.
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