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District 2 Sandy Springs City Council candidates Q&A
by Bobby Tedder
October 30, 2013 10:52 AM | 1410 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ken Dishman
Ken Dishman
Dianne Fries
Dianne Fries
Editor’s note: Ken Dishman is facing incumbent Dianne Fries for the District 2 Sandy Springs City Council seat in Tuesday’s nonpartisan election.

n Name, age: Ken Dishman, 43

n Occupation: regional business developer for software startups.

n Education: bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Florida, 1993; master’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia, 1996

n Family: wife Shannon, three daughters: Blakely, 13, Bella, 10, and Whitney, 8.

n Why are you the best choice?: “I am the best choice because I will fight to give our community a voice in our government.  To me, this election is about active versus passive leadership.  My opponent has been in office for eight years, but our District 2 has largely been neglected. Our citizens deserve an active city council member who communicates regularly to include them in the process, and one who has a vision for revitalizing our District 2.

“I present a new opportunity for District 2. I will bring a fresh business perspective to our city council, having 17 years of experience bringing new IT companies to market in our region.”

n Top three issues: council member-constituent communication, public safety and economic development

n Net campaign funds through Sept. 30: $3,642.43

n Campaign website:

n Name, age: Dianne Fries, 57

n Occupation: Realtor

n Education: studied business at the University of Georgia

n Family: husband Dillon, two adult children

n Why are you the best choice?: “I have proven over the past eight years that I will devote all of my time to the  job and my district. I spend, on average, 40 hours a week at my office in City Hall. As a native of the area, I have the history of our city and have gained the experience to make the right decisions for our community. I have the relationships with the county, state and federal elected officials that can benefit our city. I am a fiscal conservative and believe in the public-private partnership model. I have proven my ability to build consensus with my colleagues.

“In a nutshell, I have the time, devotion, historic knowledge, experience and the relationships to make an impact in District 2 and our city.”

n Top three issues: crime, traffic and quality growth

n Net campaign funds through Sept. 30: $6,358.83

nCampaign website:

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