GRAYSON — Two women are campaigning for Grayson’s Post 4 seat on the city council: Linda Jenkins and Laura Gavulic.
Longtime Grayson resident Jenkins served on the city’s city council between 1977 to 1982. Now as a retired Gwinnett County Public School teacher — of 31 years — Jenkins is ready to get back in the saddle.
“My basic belief is less government intervention in people’s lives,” she said. “I feel that Grayson has a great perspective on just dealing with the necessaries. I still feel that they’re very fair to the residents of Grayson and don’t overstep boundaries that they don’t have to overstep.”
Gavulic said she is a servant leader, who wants to keep the community educated and open to new ideas.
“There are so many changes in our city and there is new leadership,” she said. “I want to help the community to maintain the trust in the council. Jim (Hinkle, current mayor) has been there for a long time and Allison (Wilkerson, unopposed for mayor postition) has a lot of great ideas, but we want to make sure we don’t push them on our residents too fast.”
With nothing bad to say about her city, Jenkins supports “orderly” growth in Grayson.
“I live in a neighborhood that is very international and to say that I know a lot of those people, I do not,” the 69-year-old grandmother said. “But their feedback has been Grayson appealed to them because it still has a small town atmosphere. Grayson has already begun plans for beautification projects, planting trees in the mediums, building a smaller amphitheater for movies and concerts — a lot of that has already started. I’m edger to begin working with them to continue the growth.”
Gavulic also wants to continue the city’s growth and is ready to bring her experience to the table.
“My experience is new, my knowledge is new – I can bring diversity of thought to the council,” she said. “We need to bring thought process that is diverse. … we have new people in the community that is changing everyday.”
Jenkins and Gavulic live in the same neighborhood and hadn’t met until a recently city council meeting.
“I don’t know her that well,” Jenkins said about her opponent. “We’re just two interested people running for the same office at this point and that’s all you can say.”
In Grayson, real estate broker and former Post 2 seat Allison Wilkerson is running unopposed as mayor. Grayon’s current Mayor Jim Hinkle decided not to seek re-election. Region III Superintendent for DeKalb County Schools Trenton Arnold is running unopposed for Wilkerson’s former seat on the city council.
Education: South Gwinnett High School 1962; Young Harris College 1964; University of Georgia 1967
Occupation: Retired Gwinnett County Public School teacher
Political Experience: On Grayson City Council from 1977 to 1982
Family: Four adult children, Corey, Erin, Anna and Will; three grandchildren
Education: University of Central Florida 1992
Occupation: Human Resources Professional
Political Experience: None
Family: Husband David Gavulic, sons Grayson, 15, Coleman, 12, Rick, 8