Le’Dor Milteer and Jody Reichel are battling for the open District 4 seat on the Sandy Springs City Council in the Nov. 7 nonpartisan election. Incumbent Gabriel Sterling is running for the Fulton County Board of Commissioners’ chair’s post. Both candidates are running for office for the first time.
Milteer, a journalist, said she wants to bring new ideas to the city.
“I am running to bring a fresh point of view to Sandy Springs District 4 concerning traffic planning, public safety, walkability/livability and responsible development,” she said of her top three campaign issues.
She said her experience with nonprofits, including being involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year fundraising campaigns, where she won an award, sets her apart as a candidate.
“I understand the challenges facing residents of Sandy Springs. … I will work with the mayor and the other city council members, our local government and District 4 residents to create an environment of open communication and which leads to productive problem solving,” Milteer said. “I have been a part of the Sandy Springs community for over 10 years, as a resident and as a business owner. I understand the challenges facing our community, I’m ready to do the work of the people to ensure our residents and businesses needs are met by building bridges between the community and the city.
“Working in the field of communication, I have perfected the skills of listening. I want be the voice for our community, and I will listen to ensure community concerns are proactively addressed by the city council.”
She said she’s been endorsed by District 58 State Rep. Park Cannon, D-Atlanta, the Atlanta Realtors Association, the Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council and the Georgia Stonewall Democrats.
Reichel, a real estate investor and 25-year resident of Sandy Springs, said her leadership in the city sets her apart. That includes volunteer work with several organizations, including the Sandy Springs Education Force.
“During that time, I have performed civic and community work in and around Sandy Springs,” she said. “I have been a leader in the schools, in my community and in my neighborhood. With my children now in college, I am excited to pursue a career in public service and give back to the community that has given so much to my family. Combined with my work as a real estate investor, a career in computer banking sales and a business and economics degree, I am prepared to advocate for the citizens of District 4.”
Reichel’s top three issues are traffic congestion, redevelopment of north Roswell Road and walkability.
“I have a unique and wide range of experiences that make me the best candidate for this position,” she said. “To enhance my knowledge of the issues facing our community, I have been attending city council meetings for the last year. This year, I have worked closely with citizens, community leaders and elected officials to initiate a grassroots effort to build a new home for North Springs (Charter) High School. My real estate and building business and my position as treasurer of my (homeowners association) has allowed me to learn about zoning, permitting and the process of developing property in Sandy Springs.
Reichel said she has not received any formal endorsements yet. Sterling said he does not plan to endorse either candidate, adding he is focusing on the Fulton chair’s race.