Peggy Howland and Kathy Carter qualified to run for the Hiram Council Post 5 job in the Nov. 5 election. The post has been held for the past four years by Councilwoman Earlene Graham, who is not seeking re-election.
Howland said she has wanted to run for council for years, but has never had the time to devote to it. She recently retired for the second time when she closed her business, the Book Shelter in downtown Hiram. Before owning her business she managed a lumber yard and hardware store in Ohio. She has been a Hiram resident for nine years.
She said her biggest concern with the city is wanting to help keep it financially secure.
“I’ve done accounting all my life,” Howland said. “I think the business management, and all the things I’ve been involved in will help run the city.”
Carter is a community relations specialist and social worker with Family Intervention Specialist, a Hiram non-profit which offers a variety of social services. She and her daughter moved to the city seven years ago after visiting friends in Hiram since the 1970s. Carter came to Paulding from south Florida.
“It [Hiram] had the feel I was looking for,” she said.
She said her goal is to help move Hiram forward, and to keep growing it as a family friendly community. The city’s Ben Hill Strickland Sr. Memorial Park and the Silver Comet Trail are two features she uses frequently, and she would like to see the city keep its focus on family friendly activities, she said.
Carter said her strengths are her hard work ethic and her community involvement, such as working with the Family Alliance of Paulding.
This is the first political race for both candidates.
Other qualifiers include incumbent Hiram Mayor Pro Tem Derrick Battle and Post 3 Councilwoman Teresa Philyaw, both running unopposed.
In Dallas, incumbent Council Member At Large Nancy Arnold, Ward 1 Councilman Chris Carter and Ward 3 Councilman Griffin White all qualified and will run unopposed.
Qualifying for Dallas ended Aug. 28 and for Hiram ended Aug. 30.