Woodstock mayor, council members seek re-election
March 27, 2013 12:00 AM | 1267 views | 3 3 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From staff reports

In a joint announcement, Woodstock’s mayor and three council members up for election this November said they will once again seek their respective posts to see a few more projects to completion.

Mayor Donnie Henriques and council members Randy Brewer, Bob Mueller and Bud Leonard all signed on to the Thursday release to announce their candidacy for the municipal election.

Henriques said in the statement his major incentives to run for re-election include his desire to complete the amphitheater, expansion of the city’s grid street system and the widening of Towne Lake Parkway and Arnold Mill Road.

He also said the three councilmen were instrumental in creating a vibrant downtown, a popular summer concert series, the Ridgewalk Parkway interchange at Exit 9 on Interstate 575, the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta, multiple miles of the Greenprints Alliance Trail System and a more pedestrian-friendly, walkable downtown.

“Doing all of these things in addition to reducing the total budget in 2006 from over $36 million to a low of just over $28 million in 2011 was in itself a major accomplishment,” Henriques said. “Together, this mayor and council has accomplished more in eight short years than any administration prior to them.”

Exact dates for qualifying will be announced later this year but are set to take place during the last week of August. The fee to qualify for the mayoral seat is $360 and $270 for each council seat. Potential candidates may qualify at the office of the city clerk in the Woodstock Annex, 12453 Highway 92.

Both the mayor and council serve four-year terms that expire Dec. 31. Council member candidates run by ward but are elected at-large by majority vote. The mayor is elected at-large by majority vote.

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Cherokee mike
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March 27, 2013
Mayor Donnie Henriques and his 3 henchmen will have a difficult time getting re-elected. They have squandered the City's money and have dug a financial hole for the citizens they are supposed to serve. A good example is how they have succeeded in getting the City sued for malfeasance and incompetence over the way they have crammed their zany SmartCode zoning down the throats of the developers at Ridgewalk.. As a result, no new development will be happening at the new interchange other than the Outlett Mall. And the City is exposed to a potential settlement of $ 40 million or thereabouts.
deficithawk
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March 27, 2013
Along with their other goals, Mayor and council also hope to dig the taxpayers out of the significant debt hole they put us in.
Bill Dewrell
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March 29, 2013
Henriques is wrong. The facts about his shell game finances will come out before the election. The audit was just released showing current debt of $47.5 million. He is including liabilities in the 2005-2006 budget but subtracting them in the current budget. They have been moving money around from bond issuances to cover short term expenses and using money from the employee pension funds to cover general fund expenditures..the previous finance director should have been fired but he was "allowed to resign" because Henriques didn't want it to look bad on him. Meanwhile he is spending like a drunken sailor while we cut back on our household budgets..2 new City Hall facilities, roundabouts we don't need, and other frivolous spending is going to sink us! Get involved if you don't want us to end up like Detroit!
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