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.