In the Nov. 5 municipal election in Sandy Springs, candidates Andy Bauman and John Stoj received the most votes in the District 6 race. Neither received more than 50 percent of the votes, meaning they will face each other in a Dec. 3 runoff. Reporter Newspapers asked each candidate to distinguish themselves from their opponent in the runoff. For more information on the candidates, go to ReporterNewspapers.net
Occupation: Attorney, investor and real estate consultant; founder and lead volunteer for the Sandy Springs Farmers Market
Prior political experience: President, Emory University Student Government Association (1984-1985).
Why are you seeking this position? I’m running because issues matter, and because actions speak louder than words. I see Sandy Springs at an important crossroads, particularly with the planning of the new “city center” and City Hall. We need to make smart decisions about our future, including building a 21st Century City Hall that meets our needs and fits our budget, and NOT an oversized and extravagant 19th Century monument to government. We must prioritize projects that will have the greatest impact on our daily lives. As the parent of school-age children, I am especially sensitive to issues which are important to families, such as putting neighborhood and school safety concerns at the top of the list. And as a fiscal conservative who believes in getting things done with a sense of urgency, it is unacceptable to me that beautification projects seem to get finished on time while critical infrastructure projects such as reopening Lake Forrest Drive and important storm water repairs languish.
Why should voters choose you over your opponent? The runoff election on Dec. 3 presents a clear choice between the candidates. I have a real record of accomplishment in our community, and I am proud to have run a positive, honest, issues-oriented campaign, not one that seeks to divide our city. Moreover, I believe the Election Day results, where I received substantially more votes than anyone else in the race, was a resounding affirmation of our positive campaign. In the runoff, I believe voters will again see me as their choice to build consensus for the important decisions our City Council needs to make to improve the quality of life we enjoy in Sandy Springs. I have a record of accomplishment and community support that my opponent simply cannot match. As Mayor Eva Galambos said in her endorsement of me, “Andy Bauman is the right choice for Sandy Springs for many reasons. It is important to me personally that he is genuine and honest. [Andy] has actually accomplished things for our city, including creating the farmers market, and he’s a fiscal conservative as well.” I look forward to serving everyone in our community.
Occupation: Small business owner
Prior political experience: None
Why are you seeking this position? I’m extremely proud of our still new city, and the tremendous job our mayor and council has done over the last eight years. We have the opportunity to build on a great foundation, and I believe I can assist in making even more of our city’s dreams become a reality.
Why should voters choose you? My background in finance and as a small business owner makes me the ideal candidate for City Council to help Sandy Springs take the next step forward in our growth. I also have a long career history of bringing different constituencies together in a collaborative way to solve complex problems.