By Amy Wenk
Mayor Eva Galambos will continue her quest to improve Sandy Springs.
The 81-year-old who spent more than 30 years rallying for incorporation Nov. 3 won another term. She scored 84 percent of the vote in the second citywide election. She drew a similar percentage in 2005.
“I’m looking forward to four more productive years,” said Galambos as she celebrated her victory with friends and city officials at The Brickery restaurant. “We won’t rest until everything is finished.”
Since Sandy Springs was created, services have improved without tax increases.
“The city’s doing well,” said resident Pat Allen after she voted at High Point Elementary School with her husband Fred, who said he came to re-elect Galambos.
The city has three times the police officers, manages its own 911 center and is developing two riverside parks. Priority has been placed on repaving roads and building sidewalks.
Voters seem to appreciate the effort. Winning 6,974 of the 8,332 votes counted at 36 precincts, Galambos easily beat her three opponents.
”I had no doubt,” said her husband Dr. John T. Galambos after a triumph toast with City Attorney Wendell Willard at The Brickery bar. “She’s so good at it.”
Red Baron Antiques owner Bob Brown, who ran a pro-business campaign, garnered 1,075 votes. Body shop technician Warren Hull collected 144, and “Master Manipulator” author Donnie Bolena took 115 votes.
Hull and Bolena attended Brown’s “Win, lose or draw” party election night along with local business owners.
“We honor and respect Eva for her achievement in getting Sandy Springs established … but Sandy Springs has a sickness and it’s an erosion of its business base,” said Brown supporter Steve Gross, owner of The Tasting Room Restaurant and Wine Bar in Sandy Springs, before election results were tallied.
The contested races in three council districts will bring two new faces to the board of six.
Engineer John Paulson beat franchise executive Jim Squire in the District 1 race, winning 61 percent of the vote. Paulson had 887 votes, compared to Squire’s 553.
In District 3, attorney Chip Collins drew 78 percent (2,044 votes) to beat long-time volunteer Willis Cleveland, who had 21 percent (553 votes).
In District 5, incumbent Tibby DeJulio beat college student Deborah Hull 1,093 votes (85 percent) to 191 (14.8 percent).
Three Council incumbents ran unopposed and will keep their seats four more years: Dianne Fries of District 2, Ashley Jenkins of District 4 and Karen Meinzen McEnerny of District 6.