Ken Dishman (District 2), Graham McDonald (District 3) and Andy Bauman (District 6) are all preparing to take their seats at the table of the city’s chief governing body.
Dishman, a regional business developer for software startups, will take over for founding council member Dianne Fries, whom he defeated in the November general election.
He referenced vision and leadership as key components of his track record.
“Throughout my business career and several years of public service with Sandy Springs Youth Sports, my experience has been that success starts with having a grand vision and having strong leadership that can collaborate with key stakeholders to bring that vision to reality,” Dishman said.
“My business background will be valuable to our city and I plan to be heavily involved with our city’s economic development efforts…”
Dishman said he anticipates learning as much or more during his first year in office than any other during his term.
“I’m looking forward to that process … and building relationships with my constituents, the business community, fellow officials and other key stakeholders,” he said.
McDonald defeated a fellow challenger, Barbara Malone, to win office. The attorney replaces outgoing District 3 Councilman Chip Collins.
McDonald drew on his professional and leadership experience.
“Legal issues touch almost every area in which the city has responsibility and, as an attorney, I hope to add a valuable perspective to the council,” he said. “My experience as a [homeowner’s association] president and on the city’s economic development committee should also be useful.”
McDonald added he is looking forward to “many things” during his first year in office, including continuing the progress of the city center project and opening new parks.
He said his predecessor is leaving “big shoes” to fill.
“[Collins] represented District 3 very well and I will do my best to serve in a similar vein, particularly regarding consistent and open communication,” McDonald said.
Like McDonald, Bauman defeated a fellow challenger to win office. Bauman, an attorney and real estate investor, beat John Stoj in last month’s runoff. Outgoing seat holder Karen Meinzen McEnerny did not seek re-election.
Bauman was not available for comment on taking office, but while on the campaign trail, he touted his background as a potential indicator of things to come.
“The best way to determine what a person will do is to look at what they have done,” he said then. “Leadership is more than just attending meetings or complaining about what’s wrong; it’s about action and accomplishment.
“As the founder and lead volunteer for the Sandy Springs Farmers Market, I am proud of having a record of bringing thousands of Sandy Springs residents together and building a sense of community.”