Qualifying hasn’t even started and there has already been a change in the line up of candidates looking to grab a seat on the Peachtree City council.
Businessman Josh Bloom, who had announced he would be running for the Post 4 seat being vacated by councilmember Vanessa Fleisch, has taken his name out of the electoral ring.
Bloom, who works for Pinnacle Airlines, an affiliate of Northwest Airlines, had only moved to Peachtree City in 2009 from Portland, Oregon, after Northwest merged with Delta. Bloom said that since that original statement of intentions, Pinnacle has changed his route to Detroit, which will require commuting from Atlanta.
“It just won’t give me the time I need to make this kind of commitment and this deserves that kind of commitment.”
Fleisch is running for the mayoral slot against current mayor Don Haddix, former mayor Harold Logsdon, Dienhart and local businessman and McIntosh High School graduate Ryan Jolly.
“While I don’t like the conflict on the council, I did enjoy the idea of the challenges. We all want what’s best for Peachtree City. There’s no need for this ugly conflict at meetings. We need new faces on the council,” Bloom noted.
Bloom also said he was excited to hear that Mike King - a retired Viet Nam veteran- would be seeking election to the council. King ran for the Post 2 seat in 2007, but lost to Doug Sturbaum.
King has announced he will be seeking the Post 2 seat being vacated by councilman George Dienhart. Last week, Dienhart turned his resignation into the council so he could file next week to run for the mayor’s seat. Whoever is elected to Dienhart’s seat in a special election, that will run concurrent with the other council seats, will serve out the remainder of his term and will be stepping in immediately after the election rather than on January 1. Dienhart’s resignation becomes effective August 30- or when he qualifies for the election.
Also, with three council seats and a mayor’s seat open, it could leave councilman Eric Imker surrounded by new faces.
Additionally Post 3 councilmember Kim Learnard has also announced her intention to seek relection. Former Peachtree City police captain Terry Ernst has said he is running for Fleisch’s seat.
Filing for municipal elections- with qualifying 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.