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Lovejoy's lone race is fight for council post

By Greg Gelpi

Two candidates are seeking Council Post 4 in the only contested election in Lovejoy.

The challenger is Richard Simmons, a 59-year-old athletic director at Lovejoy Middle School, who will face incumbent Bobby Cartwright.

Simmons, who has lived in Lovejoy for 18 years, said that if elected he would address the need for sidewalks around the schools in the city. Everyday on his way to work he passes children walking to school on the side of the road, Simmons said.

"That road's narrow and I'm just afraid someone's going to get hit," Simmons said.

Another issue for Simmons is the city's zoning policies.

"I'm a little concerned about our annexing property. As far as I can see the only advantage a developer would have in moving into the city is that our ordinances are not as tough as the county's," Simmons said. "They can build smaller homes on smaller lots and I'm not sure that's good for the city of Lovejoy."

Lovejoy is one of the few areas in the county where there is still room for growth, Simmons said.

"The growth that's going to take place over the next four to five years is going to determine what our city is going to look like," Simmons said.

Appointed to a vacated seat on the city council about six months ago, Cartwright is seeking to stay in the position for a full term.

Cartwright, who owns several companies, including a manufacturing company in southern Georgia and A to Z Trailer Sales in Lovejoy, has been "beating the streets" to get his name out, he said.

"Lovejoy isn't a big place," said the candidate who moved to Lovejoy less than three years ago. "When a new guy comes to town, it doesn't take long for everyone to know him."

Cartwright's main concern is the use of special purpose local option sales tax revenue, he said, listing roads and sidewalks as his priorities.

"What I'm most interested in is the money allotted to Lovejoy from the SPLOST, making sure it goes to the right thing," Cartwright said.

Prior to his 14 years in business, Cartwright served 13 years in the Navy, flying with a surveillance crew.

The other Lovejoy elections are uncontested.

Joe Murphy is the only candidate for mayor. Arlie Aukerman, Peggy Johnson and Barbara Spruill are unopposed for their respective city council spots. All four are incumbents.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.