To succeed Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon, five candidates have qualified for the Nov. 5 general election. (Courtesy of Smyrna)

Smyrna has five candidates for mayor

In Smyrna, five candidates have qualified for mayor to succeed longtime Mayor Arthur Max Bacon.

After devoting six years to Smyrna’s City Council, Bacon was first elected as mayor in 1985, following his father Arthur T. Bacon who served as mayor until he died in 1985.

Mayoral candidates include Alex Backry, a retiree; Ryan Campbell, a business owner; Laura M. Mireles, a business owner/contractor; Mayor Pro Tem and Ward 1 Councilman Derek Norton, director of Governmental Affairs for the Medical Association of Georgia and Steven Rasin, a real estate consultant.

Though not all have them, their campaign websites are for Campbell, for Mireles, for Norton and for Rasin.

With Norton running for mayor, only one person has qualified for Ward 1 - Glenn Pickens, a project manager, whose campaign website is

For Ward 2, incumbent Andrea G. Blustein, an associate broker, has qualified but with no campaign website. Another Ward 2 contender is Austin Wagner, a consultant, with his campaign website being

Ward 3’s Maryline Blackburn, an entertainer, will be seeking re-election. Her campaign website is She will face Travis Lindley, a business owner, who has qualified with the campaign website of

Facing no opposition, incumbent Charles “Corkey” Welch, an engineer, has qualified for Ward 4 but with no campaign website.

In Ward 5, incumbent Susan D. Wilkinson faces competition from Suz Kaprich, a nurse executive, and James “JD” Smith, owner of Neighbors Feed & Seed Supply Company in Smyrna.

Wilkinson’s campaign email is with Kaprich’s campaign website as and Smith’s campaign website as

In Ward 6, incumbent Tim Gould, who is employed in manufacturing equipment sales, is unopposed.

With Ward 7 Councilman Ron Fennel not seeking re-election after first being chosen in 2011, two candidates have qualified - David W. Monroe, who is employed in hotel management, and Lewis A. Wheaton, a professor.

Their campaign websites are and


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