Hiram Post 5 Council Member Earlene Graham said, “As of right now [Aug. 7] I don’t plan to seek re-election.”
She has served on the council for one term. She said her top accomplishment was making the decision to hire Hiram’s first city manager to run the government’s day-to-day operations.
Her advice for those who seek the office is, “I hope they realize that it takes time and effort and doing what is best for the city.”
Post 3 Council Member Teresa Philyaw and Post 4 Council Member Derrick Battle are both seeking re-election.
Philyaw said she still wants “to see things happen.” That includes construction of sidewalks and installation of sewer lines in the downtown area so businesses will not have to rely on septic systems.
Dallas Ward 1 Council Member Chris Carter, Ward 3 Council Member Griffin White and Council Member at Large Nancy Arnold all said they plan to ask voters for new terms.
Arnold has served for nine years and White has served for eight years. They both agreed they feel they have been able to improve the city sewer system during their time on the council.
“The sewer is 150 percent better than it was,” White said.
Arnold said she is proud of the work the city has accomplished through its partnership with Paulding Economic Development – an agency funded by the Dallas and county governments and the Paulding Chamber of Commerce to recruit industry.
“Since we have been working with the Paulding Economic Development we have the opportunity to bring businesses and jobs [to the city],” she said.
Carter has served on the council for two years after his appointment to serve the unexpired term of his late father, Kelly Carter.
“It is a learning process,” he said.
Carter said an accomplishment during his time on the council is assisting with development of the Dallas Industrial Park on West Memorial Drive. He said he wants to keep working to bring in new businesses.
“I don’t want the children to have to leave [Dallas to find work],” he said.