Election season in the City of Loganville got off to an early start with the announcement Thursday by Councilman Rey Martinez that he will be throwing his hat into the ring in November to run for mayor.
“For the last seven years I have loved and enjoyed serving in the City of Loganville as council member, vice mayor and public safety chairman. The citizens and the dedicated employees of Loganville have helped to make serving our citizens an absolute pleasure. I have especially enjoyed working with our city manager, Bill Jones,” Martinez said, going on to thank the current mayor and council for their support and saying his plans and aspirations for the future are to continue serving the citizens of Loganville. He would just like to be able to do so in the future as mayor.
“Tonight, I am announcing to throw my hat into the ring to run as a candidate for mayor. I plan to focus my energy as we work hard to take Loganville to the next level to make our great city a place that is second to none within our great state,” he said.
After the meeting, current Loganville Mayor Dan Curry said that he will not be seeking re-election in November.
“I have served on the Council for eight years and I think it’s time,” Curry said. “Not that I won’t still be around. I have found out while serving that I really like people. There are some boards that I serve on as mayor that I will no longer serve on. But even giving those up, there are still four or five that I will continue to serve on.”
Curry was elected in June of 2013 to serve briefly after Loganville Mayor Ray Nunley resigned and then passed away after battling cancer. Curry was then re-elected in November 2013 to serve a full term. Prior to that, he had served on the city council since 2010. Loganville mayor and council members serve four-year terms.
Martinez was first elected to the Loganville City Council in 2010 and has been re-elected twice, last in 2013 when he was the top vote getting, receiving 513 votes. His council seat is up for election this year, as are those of current Vice Mayor Mark Kiddoo and Councilman Danny Ford who was elected unopposed last year to serve the unexpired term of the late Councilman Chuck Bagley. That seat is up in November and Ford will have to run again to defend it.
Martinez announcement that he is throwing his hat in the ring for mayor opens up at least one seat on the city council. Under the Loganville City Charter, any council member who runs for an elected post other than his or her own has to resign from their current post on the council at the time of qualifying. Qualifying for mayor and the three Loganville at large seats on the Loganville City Council will be in August of this year. So far, Martinez is the only person to announce his intention to run for mayor, but Curry said it is quite possible others will throw their hats into the ring before the end of qualifying.
During the meeting, Curry presented Martinez with a certificate from the Walton Tribune noting that he was again voted Reader’s Choice for Best Elected Official – City.