LOGANVILLE -- It was with a heavy heart that Loganville Vice Mayor Dan Curry took the powers of mayor at a specially called meeting Wednesday.
But he hopes to take the full mantle on this summer, after the city council set a June 18 special election to replace Ray Nunley, who resigned this week amid a cancer battle. Curry pledged to complete the goals of the beloved Nunley.
"I have always taken great pride in doing my very best and finishing anything I set out to do. This includes being quarterback in high school, building a successful business, being able to retire at age 50 and most recently serving as Loganville's mayor," Nunley wrote in a resignation letter released Wednesday.
In the letter, he talked about his stage four lung cancer diagnosis and treatment, saying he believed stepping down is the best for everyone despite how much he will miss the work.
"I have fought hard, prayed a lot and tried to tell myself this will not knock me down," he wrote. "However over the past few months I have found the cancer to be more aggressive and I find myself struggling just to get through the day.
"I have tried to maintain a business as usual attitude but recently I realized business is not usual. The time has come that I must do what is best for my family and the City I love so much."
Although Nunley had previously announced he would not seek re-election during the November general election, the council set the special election because more than six months remain on his current term. A three-day qualifying period will begin April 15. The dates were changed halfway through Wednesday's specially called meeting so the council could meet again in April to assign a mayor pro tem, who will serve out the duties of mayor after Curry's planned resignation to run for higher office.
A special election for Curry's seat and any other council seat vacated would be held the same day, officials said, although the qualifying period may begin April 22.
Curry pledged to continue the path that Nunley set, including completing a town green pavilion prior to the Fourth of July parade.
The retiree in his second year on the council said after the meeting he hopes to create both a citizens advisory panel and a business advisory panel to improve communication with the council.
"I want to be proactive in growing this community," he said, noting a hopeful turn toward a better economy and saying he wanted to be active in recruiting businesses and restaurants. "We have a very promising future."
With Councilman Rey Martinez serving a deployment with the U.S. Navy Reserves in the Middle East, this spring could be tricky. Officials told Martinez, who phoned in to Wednesday's meeting, to make sure he had his phone handy for the city's May session, so the council could have a quorum.