Editor’s note: Throughout the week, Reporter Newspapers will be publishing portions of its voters guide for the upcoming Nov. 5 elections. Candidate info can also be found in the Oct. 4 and Oct. 18 editions of Reporter Newspapers.

Howard Shook

Howard Shook (Incumbent)

Occupation: Atlanta City Councilman

Prior political experience:  8-year president of the Ridgedale Park Civic Association; Chair, Buckhead Neighborhood Alliance; Co-Founder, Partner for Better Government; Boardmember, Buckhead Area Transit Management Association; Boardmember, Buckhead Community Improvement District; 3 terms on the Atlanta City Council; service on all 7 standing committees of Council, including 3 chairing the Utilities Committee and 4 chairing the Finance & Executive Committee; member of the Budget Commission; Co-Chair of Council’s Select Committee on Pensions; Council’s representative to Mayor Reed’s Pension Panel; a term as City Council President Pro Tem; and Chair of the Atlanta-Fulton County Water Resources Commission.

Why are you seeking this position?  We have a long way to go to get the services we pay for.  Among other things I am specifically committed to the implementation of the new customer service initiative, the completion of our park expansion blueprint, and the updating of our street and sidewalk inventory through a pending bond issue.

Why should voters choose you? I am the most experienced and best-qualified candidate.

Campaign webpage: www.howardshook.com

Bobby Montgomery

Bobby Montgomery

Occupation: SEO Marketing Manager & Real Estate Broker

Prior political experience: Worked on several campaigns (City Council, Mayor (Lithonia), County Clerk, and Tax Commissioner (TN), Served on Sarah Smith Elementary Council for past 2 years, and have followed School Board and City Hall actions very closely the past 5 years.

Why are you seeking this position? First and foremost, I have vested interest in seeing my community prosper in all areas. I am a concerned husband, father, businessman, and resident of Buckhead. There is a saying that goes, “be the change that you desire to see.” I am running to voice the real concerns of my neighbors, business owners, and most of all, families, in District 7. We want safer streets, better opportunities for entrepreneurs, and to be able to work with the School Board to create a better educational experience for our kids and future leaders of this city. It is my belief that if we want to create a better city, we must start with family. Cities and Districts are made up of families, if families are prospering socially, financially, and in all areas, they become overall healthy contributors to the city. The healthier families become as a whole, the more viable the city and districts become. We must get back to the basics of community, and spearhead efforts that contribute to that goal. This goal is my passion, and my District 7 friends and supporters deserve to have a voice in the City that does not desire to do politics as usual, but a person with sincere care and love for the people he represents. That is Bobby Montgomery.

Why should voters choose you? I graduated high school at Redan High in Stone Mountain, Ga. I have seen this city grow leaps and bounds, and at the same time have seen what this growth has done to our neighborhoods. We as a city did big business petty good, but we forgot about the family. As a father of three school aged children, I have concerns that as the city continues to grow, that we do not forgot about community. Our people are the reason all the growth is possible.

I moved to Buckhead for a better education for my children, and many of my neighbors have done the same. Business and education go hand in hand, no community thrives in the long run with a poor education system. I believe our leaders have forgotten this. That is what has made Buckhead great.

It has attracted some of the greatest talents and minds due to it’s outstanding options for education. It is time to pass the torch to the next leaders with new and innovative vision, and not settle for business as usual or just choosing a candidate because you are familiar with his/her name. City Hall needs a fresh start. It also evident that the people want better representation in City Hall and more transparency. My passion, interest, and experience have prepared me to move forward in creating a “Better Buckhead.” Choose Bobby Montgomery, City Council- District 7, My team works for you.

Campaign webpage: www.BobbyMontgomery.com

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com