On Monday a third candidate announced he’s running for the Decatur District One commission seat that Fred Boykin’s retiring from.
Tim Martin, a Decatur resident since 1999, joins Kelly Walsh and Melissa Manrow who earlier announced intentions to run on Nov. 7. With two months remaining before qualifying there’s likely more on the way.
“I guess I’m not surprised a lot of folks are coming forward,” said Boykin, who’s been on the commission since 2000. “It’s tough in Decatur to beat an incumbent unless the incumbent is totally incompetent. Which doesn’t happen often.”
Martin is a financial manager/wealth manager who grew up in Conyers and has been in the Decatur Business Association since 2007.
Manrow has lived in Decatur since 1989 and has been on the planning commission since 2010. A University of Georgia law school graduate she works as Director of Accreditation and Inmate Services for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. Walsh, who’s lived in Decatur since 2005, works for Keller Williams Realty.
But there are four other Decatur races this fall. Earlier this month District Two school-board member Bernadette Seals announced she was stepping down after 10 years. So far no one has announced for that opening.
Previously board members Annie Caiola (chair) and Lewis Jones announced they’d seek re-election, as has Mayor Patti Garrett. No challengers have emerged.