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With no challenger, Roswell mayor gets to keep his seat
by Joan Durbin
August 30, 2013 05:15 PM | 4066 views | 1 1 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Roswell Mayor Jere Wood delivers his annual State of the City Address at the Roswell Kiwanis meeting Jan. 16.
Roswell Mayor Jere Wood delivers his annual State of the City Address at the Roswell Kiwanis meeting Jan. 16.
At the end of the day Friday, Roswell Mayor Jere Wood was for all intents and purposes re-elected to a fifth term when no one surfaced to run against him.

The qualifying period for the November election ended with Wood unchallenged. The three city council incumbents each drew one opponent.

Incumbent Jerry Orlans will be facing political newcomer Eric Schumacher for the Post 5 seat.

“Over the past year I became engaged with the city over several issues that impacted me directly and I learned even more about a broader range of issues that affect us all,” said Schumacher, a software quality assurance architect.

“Those experiences concerned me as we seem to be headed in a direction I don't think most residents of Roswell want to go.”

For Post 6, challenger Kendra Cox is looking to unseat incumbent Nancy Diamond.

“We need to grow, evolve, and redevelop, but we need to do it in a balanced and targeted way,” said Cox, a Roswell native. “The direction that the current council has chosen for our city concerns me. I'm afraid we're moving toward development for development's sake. The current approach pushes for density that I believe most Roswell residents don't want and that is not compatible with the quality of life that we enjoy here.”

Cox has been a contract medical and scientific writer/editor for clients in the public and private health sectors for 17 years.

Harvey Smith, who sits on the Roswell planning commission, qualified late Friday to run against Councilman Kent Igleheart for the Post 4 seat.

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