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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

One Crazy Season - A Look Back At The '06 Election

By Temura Bly;
Accessmilton.com

Part 3


District 4

Sam Bottoms - Mr. Bottoms did not respond to our inquiry.

Tim Enloe -

1. Why did you choose to run for office?

I wanted to give something back to an area that had given so much to me over the 29 years that I had lived here at that time. Other goals included protecting property rights, creating top notch fire and police departments, and giving equal treatment to those who reside in the open road neighborhoods of Milton.

2. What did you learn about in being a candidate?

I realized that there are many wonderful people who call Milton home and yearn to make it a city that stands out. It was an honor to meet so many. I also found that there were some good people running for the same seat. Unfortunately, they nor I, were chosen.

3. If you had 2006 to do over again, would you have done anything differently?

Yes. I would have gone to the source of the false accusations against me and spoke with him with the hopes of cleaning up the race. Regardless of the success or failure of a campaign, mudslinging is a coward's way to victory. Family members of candidates end up being the victims. Running on the issues are what is most important instead of lies and half - truths.

4. Do you have any regrets?

I have two. First, I wish I won! Second, I should have taken the time to get to know the candidates in the other races better at that time. Over the last few years, however, I have come to know many of them and am honored to call them friends.

5. For those who are either no longer in office or were not elected, are you still active with the City? If so, please share with us what you've been up to.

I have remained active with the goal of making Milton the best city in the state. From donating equipment and food to our fire and police departments, to being a Milton Round Up Volunteer, to creating social events that not only helped to support local businesses, but also aimed at giving back. I am also an assigned member of the CPAC committee which focuses on future land use. Finally, I am one of the founding members of the Milton Business Alliance; a group focused on supporting local Milton businesses.

6. Are you pleased with the direction the City of Milton is headed in today?

Overall, I am very disappointed in the direction the city is headed. While there are some good things here and there, I believe our leaders have lost the ability to be objective and enforce our laws equally. For some reason, our city supports an unwritten bias. I fear that if Milton does not wake up and look at issues from an open mind, lawsuits will follow which we cannot afford.

7. If given the opportunity, would you run again?

Never say never, but I doubt it.

Eddie Moore -

1. Why did you choose to run for office?

I love the city and felt my experiences would enable me to help the city during its early years of cityhood.

2. What did you learn about in being a candidate?

The rich history of Milton and the passion that the citizens have about the community.

3. If you had 2006 to do over again, would you have done anything differently?

No, I was able to share views and learn from many of the people I met during this process. This political experience taught me a lesson in life and in politics.

4. Do you have any regrets?

No, I met some great people that my family still communicate with regularly.

5. For those who are either no longer in office or were not elected, are you still active with the City? If so, please share with us what you've been up to:

My wife and I are actively involved, I serve on the DRB and Sabrina serves on the Parks and Recreation Committee. We were blessed with the opportunity to provide the citizens of Milton with its First K-9 officer.

6. Are you pleased with the direction the City of Milton is headed in today?

The current economic issues have impacted most cities and counties throughout the State of Georgia and the City of Milton and Fulton County are no different. We have a Mayor, council, boards, committees, staff and volunteers that have dedicated numerous hours to serving our community. Do I think some of us might have underestimated the challenges that were ahead of us? Yes. Can we do better? Of course we can. Will we do better? Yes we will. Parks and Recreation, transportation and safety are still key issues that we must continue to support and address as a community.

7. If given the opportunity, would you run again?

I’ve been given the opportunity to serve my community and this great state in many other ways. I’ll always find a way to serve the community be it as an elected official or not. We have a great person representing my district and I know of many more individuals that are deserving of an opportunity to serve in the future.

Neal O'Brien - Neal O'brien did not respond to our inquiry.

Vince Pisano - Mr. Pisano did not respond to our inquiry.

District 5 Tina D'Aversa - Unopposed in 2006.

My life has always revolved around my service to the community. I volunteer with charity groups, my church and the schools. In the late 1990's I got involved with the community planning, development and zoning process when I lived in Alpharetta. My servant heart has always guided me to do service. Even as a teenager, I always enjoyed my work with the community. Since my work with Fulton County and the City of Alpharetta began years ago, I have constantly looked for a balance in the growth and development of our community; a balance of high quality of life with the development needed to drive our city. My goal in Milton is to protect the citizens and to preserve the character that is unique to our community. My passion for community service lead me to my council role in the city of Milton as well as my career change to education. I love being a teacher of our young people and I enjoy immensely my work for the citizens of Milton.As a candidate for elected office, I learned that you must be true to your own morals and values while you do the best for others. Doing what is right and morally justified is always at the top of my mind.Elected officials must remember that we represented ourselves second but our community first! It is not always easy being in the public eye and subjected to public criticisms. But, it is important that citizens know I am accessible and available for their input. Communication is critical. When citizens know what is going on in the community and understand why elected officials make the decisions, they are more apt to support the decision. My decision in 2006 to accept the elected position with the city of Milton catapulted me into a grand adventure. I have enjoyed my hard work with the city. My experience has been tremendous. There have been good and bad times along the way but I feel the city is better because I am involved. The fringe benefit to public service is the people you meet. I have met many great neighbors, friends and public officials along the journey. These are fond memories that I will have forever. I am a public servant and feel that I am doing a great job. I have no regrets that I accepted the role and look forward to serving the citizens of Milton long into the future either as an elected official, teacher or citizen. My door is always open - if someone needs me, I am here to serve! Thanks for the opportunity to comment. These are my informal comments from my heart! The one thing I would say to the people of Milton is I love serving our city and community and hope you always think of me with positive and professional thoughts for the good job that I am doing for you!

District 6 Rick Mohrig - Unopposed in 2006. Mr. Mohrig did not respond to our inquiry.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh, now Tina.
You didn't work hard, you hardly worked. This isn't a high school play, so please stop the charade. Well, maybe you'll get a nice rest from your attendance at the council come the winter.