The League of Women Voters and Leadership Sandy Springs are teaming up to host a forum for candidates seeking a seat on the Sandy Springs City Council.

The forum is set for Oct. 8 at North Springs High School. There will be a meet and greet at 6:30 p.m. and the forum will start at 7 p.m.

Elections will be Nov. 5 and there will be some intriguing races on the ballot. District 6 Councilwoman Karen Meinzen McEnerny is stepping down and there are five candidates vying to replace her. Mayor Eva Galambos and Councilman Chip Collins have also decided against running again.

“This is the perfect opportunity for Sandy Springs residents to meet the candidates running for public office,” said Carolyn Axt, executive director of Leadership Sandy Springs, said in a press release. “With the city’s election a little over a month after the forum, this occasion gives people the perfect time to hear the issues and make decisions that are right for them.”

“This forum showcases what is great about America’s election system. Candidates get to voice their opinions and present the issues that are important to them, and the electorate gets to make informed decisions,” Sally FitzGerald of The League of Women Voters said in a press release.

People with questions can email them to

Candidates for city council this year are:

Mayor: Rusty Paul, Bob Brown

District 1: John Paulson (I)*

District 2: Dianne Fries (I), Ken Dishman

District 3: Graham McDonald, Barbara Malone

District 4: Gabriel Sterling (I), Tochie Blad

District 5: Tibby DeJulio (I), Clayton Cole

District 6: Andy Bauman, Patty Berkovitz, Jennifer Steele, John Stoj, Sonja Tonpea.

Dan Whisenhunt

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