Roswell Georgia Elections 101-What You Need to Know for November 3rd.

If you live in Roswell, GA you have surely noticed that fall is back and so are campaign signs! On November 3, Roswell residents have the power to elect three city council members.

I have always voted and I do my very best to be fully informed before I do so. What I never understood was what goes into running a campaign. Let me tell you: I learned that lesson quickly last year! Regardless of which candidate’s name I check, I respect every person that signs up to serve their community through public service. A few of the candidates have stopped by my office or reached out to me in the last few weeks. Suffice it to say, I am impressed with this batch!

Running for election to public office was truly an amazing, life-changing experience…I highly recommend it. Seriously. I came out of the campaign with lifelong friends, a newfound confidence and a renewed love for my community. I look forward to my next opportunity to run and you will surely hear from me soon. In the meantime, the race is on for 2015 Roswell Municipal Elections. Here is the scoop:


The Candidates

City Council Post 1:

Rich Dippolito (I)

Marcelo Zapata

City Council Post 2:

Michael Palermo

Rebecca Wynn (I)

City Council Post 3:

Shayne Gray

Donald J. Horton

Kay Howell

Nathan Porter

Ricky Spencer

Municipal Court Judge:

Brian Hansford (I)

How to Meet the Candidates

There aremany upcoming opportunities to meet the candidates.

First, the Saddle Creek HOA is hosting a meet the Candidates forum on Tuesday October 13 (8pm) at the West Side Clubhouse. Details to come.

The East Roswell Alliance is hosting a Candidate Forum on Thursday October 15 (7-9pm) at Centennial High School. Details here. All candidates are scheduled to be there. This should be a great event!

The Roswell Woman’s Club will host their Meet the Candidates Forum on Wednesday October 21 (7-9pm) at Roswell City Hall Council Chambers. Details here. I participated in the Roswell Woman’s Club forum during the judicial campaign and it was GREAT! It was well run and a wonderful opportunity to meet folks in the community. Do not miss this one!

Roswell NEXT will be holding a Candidate Forum on Thursday October 29 (7-9pm) at High Meadows School. I will post more details as they are announced. I participated in an informal candidate forum with Roswell Next last year and was and was especially impressed with their members! Think passionate and involved! I will be eternally grateful for the invaluable advice and support I gained from individuals in this group.

You can also get more information on all elections in your area at: http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do

Please read up on the candidates and cast your vote!

As always, have fun and stay safe!

Melanie Ellwanger