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Mungal and Wheeler face off in Stone Mountain mayoral race
by LaTria Garnigan
October 15, 2013 11:05 AM | 1632 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the Nov. 5 general municipal election getting closer, the Neighbor asked candidates their take on why they are seeking election and what they hope to accomplish.

Below are responses from the candidates for the Stone Mountain mayoral seat.

Cyril Mungal, 52

Occupation: Master plumber
Residency: 20 years

Why did you decide to run for this seat?
“I decided to run for mayor of the city of Stone Mountain because our city needs to be safer, cleaner and economically vibrant.”

What are your top goals you would like to accomplish if elected?
“Top three goals are — a safer city, city to be recognized as a destination point for festivals, events and heritage and culture tourism, and programs for our kids, seniors and veterans.”

Where would you like to see the city in 10 years?
“I would like to see our schools recognized as top educational institutions in the country for math, science and technology.”

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Patricia Wheeler, 70, [incumbent]

Occupation: Retired from insurance industry
Residency: 50 years

Why did you decide to run for re-election?
“We have some projects that we have started on and I would like to be here to see them finished. Also I enjoy working with the citizens of Stone Mountain on special projects that they have.”

How long have you occupied this seat?
“This time for four years and in the past from 1985 to 1997.”

What are your top goals you would like to accomplish if you re-elected?
“For the city to have an Urban Redevelopment Plan. With this plan the city could begin recruiting new businesses for our downtown area. To be have the Historic Train Depot — our old city hall — fully renovated for use as our visitors center and the downtown development department.”

Where would you like to see the city in 10 years?
“The city has just finished its LCI Project and it would be my hope that we would be at least 80 percent of our goal. Also, I hope that the new Urban Redevelopment Plan is up and running 100 percent.”
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