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District 4 Sandy Springs City Council candidates Q&A
by Bobby Tedder
October 30, 2013 10:46 AM | 1325 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tochie Blad
Tochie Blad
Gabriel Sterling
Gabriel Sterling
Editor’s note: Tochie Blad is challenging incumbent Gabriel Sterling for the District 4 Sandy Springs City Council seat in Tuesday’s nonpartisan election.

n Name, age: Tochie Blad, 48

n Occupation: research librarian

n Political experience: First time running for public office

n Education: bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia, 1985; master’s degree in library and information science from Valdosta State University, 2011.

n Family: husband Robert and two adult children

n Why are you the best choice? “I have been involved in my community since even before we became a city to improve the quality of life while raising my children in Sandy Springs. I have effectively worked at acquiring land for parks and green space with Sandy Springs Conservancy, protecting neighborhoods as a board member of Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods and addressing the needs of the community with Leadership Sandy Springs. I have effective working relationships with many homeowners groups. I will continue to accomplish solutions to community issues as an elected leader.”

n Top three issues: city center project, infrastructure and protecting neighborhoods from unwanted density from redevelopment

n Net campaign funds through Sept. 30: $1,384.47

n Campaign website:

n Name, age: Gabriel Sterling, 44

n Occupation: political consultant and small businessman

n Political experience: Elected in a March 2011 special election

n Education: bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia, 2000

n Family: single

n Why are you the best choice? “I’ve been able to take the lead on adding greenspace to downtown [the proposed city center]. That was not the overall plan originally. I continue to [provide] taxpayer savings by rebidding our contracts. Just this year I brought in a new vendor for credit card processing to save the city $60,000 a year. I want to continue to work on traffic, neighborhood protection, replacing our aging Class C apartments with mixed-use and higher-quality housing. And I want to continue to work on our efforts to add single-family and owner-occupied housing to increase the quality of our neighborhoods.”

n Top three issues: potentially harmful zoning, improving the current public-private model of city management and traffic

n Net campaign funds through Sept. 30: $11,072.66

n Campaign website:

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