By Pat Cooper
With less than a week to go for qualifying for the November 5 General Election, Peachtree City councilmember George Dienhart officially tendered his resignation from his Post 2 seat in order to run for Peachtree City’s mayoral seat, currently held by Don Hadix.
Dienhart’s resignation means the city will have to host a special election for Dienhart’s seat at the same time as the regular election for two council seats, in addition to the mayoral race. Also, with three council seats and a mayor’s seat open, it could leave councilman Eric Imker the senior member of the city council, surrounded ny new faces.
Dienhart joins a roster of four other candidates who have announced their interest in the mayor’s seat, including current mayor Don Haddix. Fellow councilmember Vanessa Fleisch had already announced her intention to run, but her Post 4 term is coming to an official end, with no special election required. Along with Fleisch, businessman Ryan Jolly and former mayor Harold Logsdon as well as city councilman George Dienhart have all announced they will be running for mayor.
Additionally Post 3 councilmember Kim Learnard has also announced her intention to seek relection.
Thus far, former Peachtree City police captain Terry Ernst and businessman Josh Bloom have both said they are running for Fleisch’s seat.
Dienhart’s resignation becomes effective August 30- or when he qualifies for the election. Again, no one has yet announced they would be interested in seeking the seat in a special election.
Filing for municipal elections- with quailfying fees of $180 for the council and $270 for the mayor- begins Monday, August 26 at 8:30 a.m. and ends Friday, August 30 at 4:30 p.m.