Morrow residents have a difficult decision to make come March 16, as all three candidates vying to fill the unexpired term of former City Councilman Charles Sorrow have served the city well.
“My decision to run is born from my commitment to the City of Morrow, and from my desire to bring fresh ideas to the table, facilitate a strong quality of life for my neighbors and make an impact on the city’s continued development,” says 15-year resident Jeanell Bridges. Along with working at the Tourist Center, she’s worked for the Morrow Downtown Development Authority as a Property Manager and Annexation Clerk, serves on the Urban Redevelopment Board, attends council meetings and volunteers regularly citywide in various capacities. “I trust that my commitment to Morrow is evident through my citizenship, my constant support of the city and ways through which I serve,” adds Bridges. “I’m totally committed to the city and to her citizens.” Contact: email@example.com or 404.424.6567.
Forty-year resident James Duckworth is an active volunteer in city programs, as well as leader of Morrow’s CERT program and P.R.O.U.D., a neighborhood watch and improvement program. “I have rarely missed a city council meeting and am sometimes disappointed at how little information we get from council meetings. I would like to see a better flow of information from city government to citizens. I believe I could help improve the communication gap by encouraging citizens to become more interested in our government and by improving our city website,” says Duckworth. “I am also disturbed by the amount of commercial property the city owns. While I realize this would not be a good time to sell, I feel that should be part of our future plans. I think putting the property in private hands would be beneficial to the city by getting it back on the tax roll, and would encourage business interests to take a closer look at Morrow as a viable opportunity to succeed.” Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
After working as the city’s longest running manager for 11½ years and taking over its economic development authority, John Lampl resigned in order to run for city council (again) after having been elected Morrow’s youngest city councilman at age 25 and serving two terms (1991-1998). “Residential foreclosures are having major impacts on our property values. Economic development projects need to continue because we’re providing small business opportunities, and 75% of all jobs are created by independent businesses. We have plans, but they need to be implemented in a timely fashion,” says Lampl. “I have tremendous energy and vision, and want to see what we’ve done here continue and take it to the next level.” Contact: John.email@example.com or 678.360.5999.
Early voting has already begun at the Morrow Municipal Complex (1500 Morrow Road; 770.961.4002) during regular business hours through Friday, March 12, and Election Day is March 16.