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Eclectic bunch vie for Loganville council

LOGANVILLE — Candidates with varied backgrounds and political views are vying for three of six seats on the Loganville City Council in the Tuesday’s election.

The nonpartisan race pits five candidates in competition for three at-large seats. Mayor Ray Nunley is unopposed in his bid for reelection.

Loganville City Council (Top 3 vote-getters win election)

• Name: Mark Kiddoo (I)

• Age: 47

• Residence: Loganville

• Education: Bachelor’s degree in management; master’s degree in international business

• Occupation: Home educator

• Political experience: Former member of Loganville’s Planning and Development Commission; served as a council member since 2005

• Family: Wife Susan; daughter, Kimberly, 12, and son, Derek, 10

• Online: None

• Top Priorities: Careful planning is the gateway to all of our success. I pledge to expand our infrastructure for future growth, to keep our business environment competitive and to encourage businesses to locate to Loganville.

• Political philosophy: I’m a conservative and a professional. I believe in a pro-growth, business-friendly government. I will work to keep city finances strong and continue to welcome new businesses to Loganville.

• Name: Rey Martinez

• Age: 41

• Residence: Loganville

• Education: Associate degree in education

• Occupation: Owner of Rey’s Cuban Grill in Loganville; Naval Reserves

• Political experience: Precinct chairman, Rockdale County

• Family: Children Jesse 13, and Jason, 11

• Online: reymartinezforloganville.com

• Political philosophy: Private sector does well when government doesn’t get involved. I want to create a line of communication between government, its residents and small business owners and to give taxpayers in Loganville a sense that their money is being well-spent and not wasted.

• Top priorities: I want to attract business to Loganville by giving incentives. Such as reducing impact fees and other fees pertaining to opening a small business. I want Loganville private and public schools to continue their achievements by giving teachers and parents the equipment they need to prosper.

• Name: Eileen A. Waring (I)

• Age: 62

• Residence: Loganville

• Education: Attended college

• Occupation: Retired finance and administrative director with international chemical engineering corporation

• Political experience: Presently on city council; previously on council 2003-04

• Family: Daughter and son-in-law, Christina and Andrew Norman; one granddaughter and grandson

• Online: eileencitycouncilloganville@yahoo.com

• Philosophy: “Government by the citizens,” and (I) will preserve this belief.

• Top priorities: Continue keeping cities financial reserve solvent for next wave of staggering economy. Focus on encouraging business to city to offset tax basis, fill storefronts and ultimately filling foreclosed homes.

• Name: Robert Winkler

• Age: Withheld

• Education: None specified.

• Occupation: Retired and 30 years as an executive in international manufacturing.

• Family: Wife Ann; son, Michael; daughter, Teresa; three granddaughters; one great-granddaughter.

• Philosophy: I am a family man who stands for integrity and honesty in general, and therefore also in politics.

• Top priorities: I have never run for a political office, but I believe there is an opportunity for me to help Loganville embrace growth while preserving its small-town, family orientation.

Michelle Lynch

• Editor’s note: The candidate did not respond to a request for additional information

The top three vote-getters will earn seats on the council. All candidates reside in the city of roughly 11,000, which mostly lies in Walton County.

Incumbent council member Mark Kiddoo, 47, a home educator, has served on the council since 2005, and prior to that on Loganville’s Planning and Development Commission.

Kiddoo believes careful planning is paramount in Loganville’s future success.

“I pledge to expand our infrastructure for future growth,” he said, “to keep our business environment competitive, and to encourage businesses to locate to Loganville.”

Candidate Rey Martinez, 41, a local restauranteur, has prior experience with the election process as a precinct chairman in Rockdale County. High on his list of priorities is to attract businesses to Loganville by way of incentives, such as reducing impact fees.

“I want to create a line of communication between government and its residents and small business owners,” he said. “I want to give the taxpayer in Loganville a sense that their money is being well-spent and not wasted.”

The other incumbent candidate, Eileen Waring, 62, a retired finance and administrative director, had previous experience on the council from 2003-2004. Her political philosophy can be summed up in four words: “Government by the Citizens,” she said.

If re-elected, Waring plans to “continue keeping (Loganville’s) financial reserve solvent for (the) next wave of staggering economy,” she said.

She’ll also focus on encouraging new businesses to the city to offset tax bases, to fill storefronts and ultimately fill foreclosed homes, she said.

Candidate Robert Winkler, age not specified, retired after more than three decades as an executive in international manufacturing. Though a political newcomer, he hopes to extend those leadership skills to a role on the council.

“I believe there is an opportunity for me to help Loganville embrace growth while preserving its small-town, family orientation,” he said. “I’m a family man who stands for integrity and honesty in general, and therefore also in politics.”

Council candidate Michelle Lynch could not be reached for comment. Her husband, Michael, currently occupies a council seat but has been deployed to Afghanistan. He is not seeking re-election, according to a representative of the Loganville City Clerk’s office.