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District 3 Sandy Springs City Council candidates Q&A
by Everett Catts
October 30, 2013 09:37 AM | 1584 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Barbara Malone
Barbara Malone
Graham McDonald
Graham McDonald
Editor’s note: Barbara Malone is battling Graham McDonald for the District 3 Sandy Springs City Council seat in Tuesday’s nonpartisan election. Incumbent Chip Collins is not seeking re-election.

o Name, age: Barbara Malone, 58

o Occupation: Administrator for Edward Jones Investments

o Education: bachelor’s degree in hotel management from Birmingham Hotel and Tourism College, 1991; bachelor’s degree in business administration from Thomas Edison State College, 1995

o Political experience: First time running for public office but has been involved with the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods and her homeowners’ association for several years

o Family: husband Kevin, one adult son, John

o Why are you the best choice? “Bear in mind that I’m not a politician. I’m a neighbor. I’m just a regular person who has a strong belief that the city can become even better. It can become somewhere people are proud to live. I believe I’m objective, that I have a common-sense approach and have been called the voice of reason. I believe I have an understanding of how many of the residents would like the city to project themselves going forward.”

o Top three issues: protecting neighborhoods, economic development and maintaining infrastructure.

o Net campaign funds through Sept. 30: $5,819.32

o Campaign website:

o Name, age: Graham McDonald, 33

o Occupation: Owner and partner at O’Daniel McDonald LLC, a Sandy Springs law firm

o Education: bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Virginia, 2002; law degree from Georgia State University College of Law, 2006

o Political experience: First time running for public office but has been involved with his homeowners’ association for several years and serves as vice chairman of the Sandy Springs Economic Advisory Committee

o Family: wife Kelly and two sons: Elliott, 2, and Hayes, born Friday.

o Why are you the best choice? “I believe that the body of knowledge and experience I have gained over the past several years make me very well prepared to contribute to this community as councilman of District 3. As vice president and now president of the North Harbor Homeowners Association, a neighborhood which sits right between the two busiest city-owned roads in District 3, Johnson Ferry Road and Riverside Drive, I have come to know first-hand the challenges the city and fellow families face in managing and safeguarding our neighborhoods against traffic.”

o Top three issues: quality of life in the city’s neighborhoods, traffic relief and fiscal responsibility

o Net campaign funds through Sept. 30: $7,086.88

Campaign website:
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