In the Nov. 5 nonpartisan election, Bauman is expected to face Patty Berkovitz, John Stoj, Jennifer Steele and Sonja Tonpea. Incumbent Karen Meinzen McEnerny is not seeking re-election. Qualifying starts Monday and runs through Aug. 30.
Bauman, who co-founded the market with Jeff Langfelder, is a self-employed attorney and 14-year resident of Sandy Springs.
“I’ve always admired leaders who choose to take action to improve things in the community, not just sit on committees or attend meetings,” Bauman said in a statement. “That’s the reason that I created the Sandy Springs Farmers Market. I want to bring that same positive, can-do attitude to the Sandy Springs City Council. With leaders who will take action, we can continue to do great things to improve our quality of life and strengthen our city’s identity.
“Whether advocating to increase and improve city greenspace and parks, or for street, sidewalk and infrastructure improvements in our neighborhoods, or initiating more civic events similar to the Farmers Market, I will do the hard work necessary to make things happen. Proven leadership makes the difference.”
Bauman has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory University and a law degree from Emory. He and his wife Debbie have two children: Evan, 14, and Anna, 9. Bauman is a member of Temple Sinai in Sandy Springs, coaches his children’s sports teams at the Northside Youth Organization at Chastain Park in Buckhead and supports numerous community organizations.
Until this year he had never run for political office before, other than in college.