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Crime fighting a priority for East Point mayor candidates
by Christine Fonville
October 04, 2013 09:07 PM | 3060 views | 1 1 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When early voting starts Oct. 14, East Point voters will find mayoral candidates Andy Korta, Clyde Mitchell, Jannquell Peters and Earnestine Pittman on their ballots.

Korta, 42, said his vision for greatness for the city will make him successful.

“I believe we need to look to someone who has not participated in our current, dysfunctional government and find a true, experienced leader who can restore professionalism and trust in our local government,” he said.

Korta said if elected, his main priorities would be to hire a skilled city manager and improve public safety.

“I will ensure public safety personnel have proper training and resources,” he said.

Korta is the vice president of business operations at Turner Broadcasting Systems; he and wife Shannon have two sons.

Mitchell, 53, said his background and prior involvement in the city’s government as a councilman will help bring positive changes.

“My past experiences working for the city will allow me to provide effective leadership and high productivity from Day One,” he said.

Mitchell said financial stability and improved public safety are two of his priorities if elected.

“I have established relationships with developers and assisted in bringing more business to East Point,” he said.

Mitchell is the owner of Executive Security Agency and is married to wife Beverly; they have two children.

Peters, 40, said her professionalism and motivation to serve the community makes her the right choice.

“I do not have the political baggage that continues to disrupt and block the full potential of our city,” she said.

Peters said if elected, her priorities include community growth through small business incentives and lowering crime.

“I will encourage growth through programs such as Permit Amnesty and Permit Fee Holiday month for residents who wish to make home improvements,” she said.

Peters is the owner of a private law practice and a fitness studio.

Incumbent Pittman, 76, said her knowledge already gained through her term as mayor will make her successful.

“Now is not the time for on-the-job training and I am committed working with other council members to help with [the city’s] financial crisis and staffing concerns,” she said.

Pittman said her priorities if re-elected include expanding the city’s property tax base and downtown development.

“I support establishing a citywide public safety tax district and finding alternative sources to fund the police and fire departments,” she said.

Pittman and her husband, Melvin, have two daughters.


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