Auld to run in special election

SNELLVILLE - A former councilman wants to win back the title.

Warren Auld, who left the Snellville City Council for an unsuccessful campaign for state House last year, announced he will run in a special election set for July 18.

The city will hold a candidate qualifying period next week to fill the seat once held by Mike Smith, who resigned after he was indicted on charges related to an Internet telemarketing scheme.

Terri Dippel, who lost to Smith last year, has already announced a run for the seat.

Auld is no stranger to special elections. He joined the council in 2004 when he won a special election to replace Melvin Everson, who had resigned to run for the House of Representatives.

Everson lost that race to Phyllis Miller, but she resigned a year later when she was appointed as a Juvenile Court judge.

Then, Everson and Auld ran against each other in the special election last year.

Auld said he wanted to brave another special election so he could return to the council and continue serving the people of Snellville.

He said he's most interested in building consensus on the often-embattled council.

"I was able to help give the city a stable financial footing in the transition into the new City Hall and made certain we had a stable budget for the process," he said. "Consensus is important and I believe a balanced approach to city government will show Snellville as a great example for other cities in Georgia."

A majority of the council has already endorsed Auld - Mayor Pro Tem Robert Jenkins and Councilmen Bruce Garraway and Chad Smith.

"Warren's quiet and persuasive manner couple with his intense examination of the issues made him a valuable member of the council," Garraway said.

Auld, an attorney who practices in the city, is married to Joan Auld and has two children, Jacob and Mary Grace.

"I want to serve on the council to help Snellville continue to be a safe place where families want to continue to come to grow," he said. "The conservative values of fiscal responsibility and neighborhood protection will direct me as they did when I served before. Our city is going to face some serious financial decisions and this is not a time for petty in-fighting, but for reasoned and experienced leadership."