When questioned the issue of bringing a community college to Sandy Springs, three candidates vying for a vacant spot on the City Council were united.

None of the candidates in District 4 think that the city should pony up millions to lure a community college to an area of the city already pinched by traffic.

Candidate Chiteka Jackson, employed as a corporate manager, said city officials didn’t listen to “90 percent” of constituents when they voted to support the project, which could be built on property near the North Springs MARTA station.

Dennis Williams, president and CEO of a real estate development company, said that the “bottom line is that the local community doesn’t want it.”

And Gabriel Sterling, vice president of a communications and political consulting firm, said that the city is needs to bring a taxpaying business to the city’s prime real estate.

“The location is absolutely wrong.”

The candidates debated at a forum held at the Sandy Springs council chamber, a place each is seeking to see more of after a March 15 special election to fill the vacancy on the council left by former Councilwoman Ashley Jenkins, who resigned.

The candidates were joined by around 40 people who came to listen to to the candidates and ask them questions. The debate, hosted by Reporter Newspapers, lasted for nearly two hours and touched on a wide range of topics.

The trio discussed traffic, future development in the northern part of the city, whether to help spur a downtown in Sandy Springs and a way to solve the city’s chronically erroneous water bills that come from the city of Atlanta.

– Jason Massad