It’s election season in Roswell! Perhaps you’re saying to yourself “but we just had election season…” While it’s not a Federal election cycle, as far as municipal elections go, this is a big one. On November 2nd residents will vote on the mayor and three different city council seats.
Voter turnout for municipal elections is typically low across the country. It’s no different in Roswell. During the last municipal election cycle in 2019 only about 11 percent of residents voted according to FultonCounty.gov, yet more than 60 percent of our residents are registered to vote. In hopes of changing that, RoswellNEXT, Roswell Women’s Club and Georgia League of Women Voters are hosting a candidate forum October 7th.
“We are looking to get the word out about the upcoming election and encourage Roswell residents to get involved,” said Lyndsey Coates, RoswellNEXT President and Roswell resident. “Local elections can have a greater impact on all of us than Federal or state elections. The effects can be seen every single day as we live, work, and play around our community.”
Currently, there are three candidates qualified for the mayoral race.
- Lori Henry (incumbent)
- Kurt Wilson
- Jason Yowell
In the city council race three seats are on the ballot. According to Roswell.gov, “Council positions are designated by post numbers one through six. All candidates qualifying to run shall state the position to which they seek election. City elections are non-partisan, i.e., candidates do not run as members of a particular political party, and their individual party affiliations are not relevant to their positions in Roswell City Government. Please note that all Council posts serve at large, which means they represent the whole City and not just one district.”
Qualified candidates for City Council are:
|Post 4||Post 5||Post 6|
|Marie Willsey (Incumbent)||Michael Dal Cerro||Matt Judy (Incumbent)|
|Peter Vanstrom||Yalonda Freeman||Lee Hills|
Make a plan to meet the candidates at the Roswell Women’s Club and RoswellNEXT Candidate Forum on Thursday, October 7th from 6-9pm at First Baptist Roswell – 710 Mimosa Blvd. For more information as the event gets closer, visit roswellnext.org.