Voting Today: Avondale mayoral election, Atlanta bond package

Posted by Decaturish.com March 17, 2015
A packed room listens as mayoral candidates answer questions during the Avondale Estates mayoral candidate forum at city hall on Thursday, February 19, 2015. File Photo by Jonathan Phillips

A packed room listened as mayoral candidates answered questions during the Avondale Estates mayoral candidate forum at city hall on Thursday, February 19, 2015. File Photo by Jonathan Phillips

There are two important voting opportunities Tuesday: one for residents of Avondale Estates and one for Atlanta citizens.

Avondale Estates

A special mayoral election is being held Tuesday for the City of Avondale Estates.

Five candidates are running for the position which only lasts until December 31. The city says the mayor’s seat will be up for reelection on Nov. 3 of this year, with that elected candidate beginning a four-year term on Jan. 1, 2016.

Paul Brown, Jonathan Elmore, Jim Hutchens, John Pomberg, and Todd Pullen all took part in a mayoral forum on February 19. They answered questions from community members about transparency, parking, and annexation.

Avondale Estates said voting on Tuesday will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in two locations:

  • Avondale Estates City Hall, 21 North Avondale Plaza
  • For the newly annexed area of Stratford Green Townhomes (ONLY), voting will take place at Avondale Pattillo United Methodist Church, 3260 Covington Highway, Decatur, Georgia 30032

Anyone who is a resident of the City of Avondale Estates and who registered with the DeKalb County Board of Registrations and Elections by February 17 is eligible to vote.

Atlanta

An infrastructure bond referendum goes before voters in the City of Atlanta on Tuesday. Residents are voting for or against a $250 million dollar bond issuance that would fund construction and maintenance of public infrastructure like bridges, sidewalks, bike lanes, buildings, and recreation centers.

Creative Loafing reports, “one of the main gripes lobbed against the bond package process so far is that, contrary to what city officials said last summer, the public likely won’t see a final project list. Officials say the list of more than 225 projects is around 95-percent finalized, but it’s subject to change after the referendum.” You can read more about those concerns in Creative Loafing’s article.

Atlanta polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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