Former District 3 Sandy Springs City Councilman Rusty Paul officially threw his hat into the ring for the city’s next mayoral race Monday.
Paul, surrounded by high-profile and familial well-wishers, broke the news during a press conference at Morgan Falls Overlook Park.
The former councilman said he was joining the race at the urging of outgoing Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos, who was on hand Monday and endorsed his campaign.
“I’m here because she encouraged me to do this,” Paul said. “My vision for the job, if I’m so fortunate to be elected, … Step No. 1 is to simply not mess up [the progress] made by mayor and city council.”
He immediately launched into his campaign platform after announcing his intentions to run.
Paul was elected to the council in 2005, when Sandy Springs incorporated. He also served on the city’s charter commission after leaving the council.
Current council members Dianne Fries and Tibby DeJulio were also among those present for Paul’s announcement.
A lobbyist, Paul is senior policy advisor with Arnall, Gold and Gregory, an Atlantic Station law firm, and owns his own marketing firm, iSquared Communications, which is affiliated with the law office.
Qualifying for this year’s city elections is in August.
Galambos, who is serving her second term, could have run for re-election this fall because Sandy Springs’ officials are not term limited under its city charter. In a statement emailed to a reporter via city spokeswoman Sharon Kraun Tuesday, Galambos explained why she decided not to run for re-election this year.
“I am 85 years old,” she said. "The city is on a good path with the right initiatives in place and moving. I think it makes sense to go out when you are at the top of your game.”