Roswell resident and activist Sandra Sidhom qualifies for mayoral race

Sandra Sidhom is a candidate for Mayor of Roswell.

Sandra Sidhom is a candidate for Mayor of Roswell.

Sandra Sidhom is officially a candidate for the mayor of Roswell.

After announcing her campaign several weeks ago, the lifelong Roswell resident qualified for the upcoming municipal election on Wednesday. Qualifying for Roswell's city election runs through Friday, Aug. 25 at 4:30 p.m.

In a release from her campaign, Sidhom — who has experience working in project management and real estate — says she is running with the slogan “Renew Roswell.”

“I believe that with fresh leadership and truly dedicated public servants like myself we will be able to change the world starting in our own backyard,” Sidhom wrote in an email.

Sidhom, 25, is a graduate of Roswell High School and the University of North Georgia. For her activism, Sidhom made news earlier this year during the heated 6th District Congressional election where she petitioned Paul Ryan and Karen Handel, demanding that Handel participate in public debates with Jon Ossoff.

If elected mayor, Sidhom says she wants to renew Roswell’s economy, that she will “keep her door open” to Roswell’s residents and renew transparency, that she will promote public safety and increase property values, and that she will make the city more inclusive. Her other goals include reducing traffic congestion, prioritizing greenspace, promoting “sensible” development and supporting local families.

After a judge ruled that current Roswell mayor Jere Wood violated term limits, the mayoral race for 2017 has become a crowded one. Sidhom joins councilmembers Lori Henry and Donald J. Horton in the race, as well as resident Michael Litten, whose lawsuit against Wood led to the judge's ruling.

If Sidhom wins the election, she will be the first woman and the first minority to sit in the chair that Wood has held since 1997.

More challengers in the race could emerge before qualifying ends on Friday.

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