Four candidates qualified Sept. 3-5 for the special city council election in Statham. The election, to fill the seat vacated by Eddie Jackson, who is running for mayor, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the same time as the city’s general election.
Qualifying for the race were Steve Boughton, a retired banker; Tammy Crawley, who attended nearly every council meeting before going back to work; Scott Penn, a paramedic in Jackson County; and Timothy Baldwin Terilli.
Terilli did not respond to a phone message.
Boughton, who has lived in Winder and Statham since 2018, said he was in banking for about 40 years. Most of that was in Ohio and North Carolina. He retired as a vice president.
Boughton said he “probably” has managed “hundreds of municipal bond issues.
He said his background in municipal finance could help the city council.
Boughton said he is a member of Winder First United Methodist Church and is a graduate of Ohio State University.
He has run for office before. He said he selected the special election because it is for two years.
“I’m not looking to do this the rest of my life,” Boughton said.
Crawley is the assistant produce manager of a Dollar General store in Athens.
She also has been a finance manager for a furniture store and a district manager for a chain of convenience stores. She also has experience in medical transcription and has worked in banking.
She graduated from high school in 1986.
Crawley said she started attending council meetings because “I met a group of people that were victimized by (police officer) Marc Lofton.”
She added that she believes citizens “have lost faith in the city.”
Crawley said, “If it is important to citizens, it should be important to the council.”
She said she picked the special election because she is impressed with Gary Venable, who is running unopposed for a council seat.
Finishing city audits and having more police visibility are important issues, she said.
Penn said he has been a paramedic for 15 years. He said he has experience with public service, but none as a politician.
He has lived in Statham about two years. He grew up in Thomaston, Penn said.
“One of my biggest issues,” Penn said is ethics.
He mentioned the closed-door sessions of city council and the “wrongdoing” by law enforcement officers.
He said he had talked with his wife about qualifying for a council seat and “I didn’t do it” for the general election. When the special election qualifying came around, he did it, he said.