Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dunwoody Councilmen Thompson & Shortal announce reelection campaign.

Doug Thompson & Denny Shortal


It is with great excitement and the support of my family, friends, neighbors and colleagues that I announce that I am seeking reelection for the local District 3 City Council post with the City of Dunwoody.  The great things going on in our City have inspired me to seek another term as I continue to advocate for paving, parks and police.

Planning is underway for fundraising and a campaign kick-off.

I look forward to your support and the opportunity to continue serving the citizens of Dunwoody.

Doug Thompson

For more information:
(770) 396-3661-work phone
(404) 444-0504-cell


Dunwoody Councilman Denis Shortal has announced in The Crier that he will seek re-election this fall, citing the need for the council to continue the successes of the five-year-old city.

Shortal, a retired airline pilot and general in the Marine Corps Reserves, was treasurer of Dunwoody Yes and one of the original seven elected city officials. November will mark his third time on the city ballot because of the staggered terms in the city charter. He defeated two opponents in 2008 and ran unopposed a year later.

This year’s city ballot puts the district councilors’ posts in play. The other two, Doug Thompson and Dr. Adrian Bonser, haven’t announced their intentions, although a blog post indicates Thompson is considering running for re-election. Bonser already has drawn one opponent, Heyward Wescott.

In an interview, Shortal said he takes great pride in what the city has accomplished.
“Citizens are well aware,” he said, “of our secure financial position, low taxes, talented city employees and a professional police force.”

The councilor is quick to point out that the city has paved more roads in three years than DeKalb County did in the last 18 years.

“I’ve done what I told the citizens I would do,” Shortal said. “I promised to keep taxes low, develop a comprehensive land use plan and run the city through public-private partnerships.”

He said his leadership led Dunwoody (somewhat by necessity) in a hybrid model of city contracts being put out for bid and awarded to multiple vendors. That, he said, saved the city $3 million.

With Dunwoody’s millage rate of 2.74 mills still in place, Shortal points out if the city remained in unincorporated DeKalb its millage rate would be 64 percent higher.

Shortal said his research of cities in Fulton, Gwinnett and DeKalb counties shows Dunwoody with lower taxes than only two other cities (since then, Peachtree Corners approved a zero millage rate, thanks to robust business fees).

In the future, Shortal said, he wants to fight for the $7 million owed to Dunwoody for Brook Run Park through the county park bond, push for an independent local school district and install weather emergency sirens to supplement other notification systems.

Denny Shortal
Dunwoody City Council, District One, Post-1
Mayor Pro Tem
PH (O) 678-382-6700 (C) 678-246-9006

1 comment:

dpgroupie said...

Best of luck gentlemen - you have done a terrific job for the City of Dunwoody, and I hope you will continue.

You know where to find me - let me know if I can help you!