Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber to Host Political Hob Nob with November’s electoral candidates.


The Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Council will host a Political Hob Nob during the Chamber’s October 5, 2015 First Monday networking event at Wild Wing Café from 5:30-7:00pm. 

From casual networking to rubbing elbows with the community’s most influential leaders, elected officials, and November’s electoral candidates, the Political Hob Nob will create an atmosphere where attendees can learn more about other attendees while building and nurturing relationships.

Networking will take place from 5:30-6:00pm with the official program beginning at 6:00pm.  During the program portion of the event electoral candidates will be given two minutes to give general information about themselves and their desires to lead the community forward.  Those invited to speak during the event include:

Steve Chipka
Mike Davis (I)
Chris Grivakis
Denis Shortal

Terry Nall (I)
Becky Springer

Pam Tallmadge

Lynn Deutsch (I)

John Heneghan (I)

The cost to attend is $5 per person for Chamber Members and $20 per person for potential members.  Registration includes appetizers prepared by Wild Wing Café and access to a cash bar.  Those wishing to attend must register online by visiting www.perimeterchamber.com.    Registration will end on Sunday, October 4 at midnight, no refunds will be given, and due to space constrictions walk-ins may not be accepted.  Payment is required by credit card at the time of registration. 

PS: if you want a preview to this event without being forced to pay in order to sit in a public place to see public officials - I highly recommend that you visit the Dunwoody Homeowners Association meeting on Sunday Oct 4th where I believe they allow each candidate three minutes to do introductions. Then there will be the DHA Candidate forum on October 11 at the Dunwoody High School that should be more telling than any other short introduction. Finally, I also know that every Dunwoody candidate will have received an invitation to complete the AJC Georgia Voter Guide done in association with WSB-TV and the League of Woman Voters where the candidates responses might be a way to differentiate between the candidates. I will publish this document when released as I know the candidates still have another week to complete the survey.


GaryRayBetz said...

At the unanimous urging of the "Jonathan Swift Society", I shall once again expose my bald pate and toss my hat into the Dunwoody Mayoral Election ring, as a write-in candidate (merely fiduciary reasons for the write-in ballot campaign - ain't got the money for the entry fee).

My background you ask? Well Frank Sinatra said it best - "I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king. I've been up and down and over and mostly out..."

Qualifications? Well, I'm honest to a fault - it won't take you 22 years to discover that I'm pilfering. I'll tell y'all upfront that I intend to embezzle the hell out of the office. Unlike my unworthy opponents, I can't afford to donate my salary to the community theatre or the lovely lady's garden club, I need that money and MORE!

My campaign platform? Well it consists of only a few planks, but I'm passionate about each one of them -

No more money for bicycle lanes, and no bikes allowed on the sidewalk unless the rider is 16 or under. Cyclists can ride by weaving their bikes precariously in-and-out of traffic as we did on the streets of Chicago, and we liked it!

Next, I shall commission an artist to include the noble copperhead on the Dunwoody city seal. Then I'll establish a copperhead habitat in the Brook Run Dog Park. I'm not saying that the dogs have to go, we'll just let it be a Darwinian struggle for supremacy and let the superior species survive.

Lastly, I'm the only aspirant bold enough (as well as wise enough to appreciate the tax revenue that could be accrued) to propose a city ordinance to legalize marijuana. Imagine a Dunwoody dotted with quaint hash cafes and, in addition to the direct tax revenue the city would gain, the collateral emolument for the non-drug related Dunwoody small businesses would be enormous.

That's the type of courageous thinking that this city needs, when you have the current mayor feebly compromising by merely allowing beer growlers. Beer growlers? What kind of tourists are y'all attempting to attract with beer growlers? The surviving veterans of the 1923 Munich Beer Hall Putsch?!

A ordinance legalizing marijuana is how we true progressives roll. Screw this "Save Dunwoody" crap. Save Dunwoody from what? Save it from thriving - both financially and socially? I'm guaranteeing y'all that if Dunwoody doesn't pull its head out of the collective ass of its most antediluvian citizens, then expect it to eventually become nothing more than a city-wide retirement community of dour old trolls without any type of public amenities that could possibly coax their grandchildren to visit.

"Write-in Gary Ray Betz for Dunwoody Mayor - the only candidate honest enough to admit he's a whore"

al tiede said...

Gary: a concise, focused and impressive platform! I would be "all in" in supporting you, despite the challenges of a write in candidacy. My only question is would you consider raising the bar and seek a higher level of public office?

GaryRayBetz said...

I thank you for your kind words, Al Tiede, but in reply, through channeling my inner Uriah Heep obsequiousness, for me there is no higher calling than humbly serving the people of Dunwoody by being their Mayor. Once again, though, I thank you.