Jody Reichel has announced a campaign for the Sandy Springs City Council’s District 4 seat, as incumbent Gabriel Sterling leaves office.

A 25-year resident of Sandy Springs, Reichel is treasurer of the Mount Vernon Woods Homeowners Association and former president of the North Springs High School Parent/Teacher Organization.

Jody Reichel attending the May 23 Sandy Springs City Council meeting. (John Ruch)

In a written statement, Reichel outlined some campaign promises:

“If I am fortunate enough to serve our community, I would focus my time and energy on important issues such as traffic challenges, smart business development, and continuing efforts to make Sandy Springs a walkable city. I would make a point of listening to other members of the community to drive an agenda that will continue to make Sandy Springs a great place to live.”

District 4 covers much of the north-central city along Ga. 400, roughly between Pitts Road and Mount Vernon Highway.

Sterling has said he will not run for re-election and is instead running for the Fulton County chairman office.

Reichel has been a regular attendee at City Council meetings in recent months as she considered a campaign.

She is the first non-incumbent to announce a run in the Nov. 7 city elections, where the Mayor’s Office and entire City Council are on the ballot.

The District 2 seat will also be open, as incumbent Ken Dishman announced he will not run again. The other incumbents have announced re-election campaigns. They include Mayor Rusty Paul and City Councilmembers Andy Bauman (District 6), Chris Burnett (District 3), Tibby DeJulio (District 5) and John Paulson (District 1).

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.