LaVista Hills YES co-chair resigns after General Assembly approves bill for a cityhood referendum

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 7, 2015
Briarcliff Initiative member Allen Venet left, talks with Lakeside City Alliance Chairwoman Mary Kay Woodworth during a July 2 DeKalb Operations Task Force meeting. The two groups merged and became LaVista Hills YES. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Briarcliff Initiative member Allen Venet left, talks with Lakeside City Alliance Chairwoman Mary Kay Woodworth during a July 2 DeKalb Operations Task Force meeting. The two groups merged and became LaVista Hills YES. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Mary Kay Woodworth has spent years pursuing the creation of a new city, first as chairperson of the Lakeside City Alliance then as co-chair of LaVista Hills YES.

But following the General Assembly’s recent approval of a bill that would allow for a vote on creating a city of LaVista Hills, Woodworth has stepped down from her leadership role. She says she will still be active in promoting the LaVista Hills cityhood initiative, however.

“I have been involved In the cityhood effort for over three years, with the generous support of my husband and family,” Woodworth said. “Now is a good time to return  that support by refocusing on those that mean the most to me.”

Her co-chair, Allen Venet, will now become the cityhood movement’s primary spokesperson.

“Mary Kay has decided to step away from her leadership role for a very well deserved rest,” he said.

Venet is the former president of the Briarcliff Cityhood Initiative. Competition between the Briarcliff and Lakeside groups, in addition to competition from a proposed city of Tucker, led to the bill’s failure in the 2014 Legislative session. Over the summer, the Briarliff and Lakeside movements merged to become what eventually became known as LaVista Hills YES.

The job was a volunteer effort, Woodworth said. She personally paid the cost of operating the LaVista Hills YES website.

Woodworth is also the Executive Director of the Georgia Urban Agriculture Council, a job she has held since 2011.

“Along with many other committed colleagues, I’ve been honored to be part of the idea for cityhood for this area and have achieved the goal of securing a referendum,” she said. “There are many interested, motivated and willing volunteers, and I leave LaVista Hills YES in the very capable hands of my former co-chair Allen Venet. I strongly support the effort and look forward to helping pass the referendum for cityhood in November, 2015.”

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  • HB

    Dollars to donuts this move is because she plans to run for Mayor (or councilman) of LVH. “Time with Family” is the oldest CYA political jargon in the book.

    You heard it here first, folks.

    • RAJ

      Special thanks to MKW. She may be thinking about running for mayor(or not)but stands NO chance against Scott Holcomb. City council is a good choice since she would not have to run against DB or KL in district four. Other districts are wide open at this point; however several prime candidates have already been identified. Don’t miss the fund raiser next week……any contribution to LVHY would not count against your donation to a candidate if the referendum wins. Money talks and BS walks. I plan to support like minded candidates, mostly in Districts Four, Five,and Six. Accurate, detailed, neighborhood District maps should be ready soon for anyone interested. Split precinct info was requested by Maxine Daniels the County Registrar Monday and work is under way at the County GIS Dept. The info should be invaluable to any prospective candidate during the campaign.

      • Jan Atlanta

        This is not good news for LaVista Hills cityhood supporters. They’d better hope that Woodworth and the others who really made this referendum happen have a plan to get the referendum passed.

        • RAJ

          No one at LVH knows who is on or off the board or executive committee for that matter…….check the web site for out dated information. My status is fluid and usually runs at about 12% to 18% alcohol.

      • Cheryl Willis Miller

        Holcomb would resign as a state Representative to be a Mayor of a city he was never on board with in the first place? He also represents Tucker, so can he run for Mayor of Tucker, too?

        • RAJ

          Scott is Capt Holcumb to Pvt Johnson so I’ll just stand at attention and salute. Think you have to live in a city to run, always hope!

  • notapunk

    Actually, I heard the same speculation 2 years ago on the Patch. Didn’t she say publicly just a few months ago that she would not run?

    • Mike

      Like Hillary, she’ll just “find out what the people want”.

      • HB

        Laughing over here. This is what is called Representation. You would rather she NOT do “what the people want?” You might just want to move to Cuba my friend.

        This is one of the nuttiest, dumbest things to ever come out of Fox News, and it’s literally heartbreaking to watch Americans spout back that nonsense propaganda.

  • Tom Doolittle

    RAJ: what is “like minded”–pls specify because I need to know how to feel when I vote. I would also like to know what other people are thinking so I can write an article about the reasons we should have a city–and the reasons we shouldn’t. There are many misconceptions about both.

    BTW–I also thank MK for her time and effort–also with others to at least test the waters on an idea and ideal. Very little about the process was OK with me, but its kind of like starting wars oversees–you don’t blame the soldiers–maybe even the generals–and certainly don’t doubt their commitment.

    • RAJ

      Last week’s News Flash! Prom Queen dumps young(?)bit-coin phenom after blissful Prom night at State Capitol!

  • nohyphens

    Glad we got the shot of that big purse in frame.

  • Jan Atlanta

    This is not good news for LaVista Hills cityhood supporters. They’d better hope that Woodworth and the others who really made this referendum happen have a plan to get the referendum passed.

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