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East Pointers square off for Ward C seat
by Noreen Cochran
October 30, 2013 09:45 AM | 1817 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Marcel Reed
Marcel Reed
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Nanette Saucier
Nanette Saucier
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In the race for East Point’s Ward C at-large seat, incumbent Marcel Reed will try to fend off challenger Nanette Saucier.

Reed, 56, has been an East Pointer for 29 years.

He is the chief investigator for the city of Atlanta solicitor’s office and earned a bachelor of science degree in justice and a master’s degree in public administration.

If reelected, Reed will serve his third term on the city council. He said his top three issues are finance, public safety and economic development.

Financial issues, Reed said, spurred him to investigate.

“As the finance committee chair, I have listened to a number of reports that need more detail on finances of the city of East Point that the council was not receiving,” he said. “After many discussions with fellow council members and residents I asked the full council for a forensic audit. I requested this audit on behalf of the residents I represent so that we will have full accountability of the finances as we move the city forward to economic growth.”

Reed said to combat a rising crime rate, he reached out to Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard.

“With the help of Mark Hollums of the Washington Plaza, where the new offices will be located, the East Point Police and the district attorney’s office will have a grand opening to their new offices in East Point in November,” Reed said. According to his Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission campaign fund report, Reed’s net cash on hand is $1,080.

He and his wife Angelita have two sons.

Saucier, 48, has lived in East Point for 14 years.

She is an independent insurance agent who studied at Syracuse (N.Y.) University and Gwinnett Technical Institute. Saucier said her top three issues are revenue generation without higher taxes, improving public safety and “repairing the reputation and image of East Point.”

“I will be a positive representative for the city and encourage a positive work environment to ensure the mayor, council and staff proactively work as a team in a professional manner to resolve the insurmountable issues that currently plague this city,” she said. Saucier said she has community credentials that will translate to public service.

“I am the current chair of The East Point Building Authority,” she said. “I was instrumental in the creation of the Briarwood Blossom Lane Neighborhood Association. I served on the initial President’s Council, a community organization created by former East Point Mayor Patsy Jo Hillard.” Saucier graduated from the class of 2005 East Point Citizens Leadership Academy and is a member of the city’s airport noise task force.

“This organization is currently working with local, state and federal officials as well as with the management of Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport to reduce the airplane noise pollution currently impacting over 5,000 residents in East Point Wards C and D,” she said.

Saucier has $197 net cash on hand, according to the commission.

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