Two Douglasville city councilmen up for reelection this year will apparently have to fight to keep their seats after two challengers have declared their intentions to run.
Former Douglasville Police Detective Jay Smith and local attorney Mike Miller have formally filed a Declaration of Intent to enter the city council race through the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.
Smith filed his DOI on Aug. 5 for the Ward 1 seat currently held by Mayor Pro Tem Larry Yockey. Miller, who is also a former Douglas County School Board member and state representative candidate, filed his DOI on Thursday for the Ward 2 (Post 1) seat currently held by Councilman Dennis McLain.
The Douglas County Tea Party sent out an email newsletter Friday that indicated they will be endorsing Miller. According to the newsletter, he approached the party's board members several weeks ago and asked for their support.
"The Board considered his request very seriously because we had not previously endorsed a candidate nor actively, as a group, helped get any candidate elected," the newsletter reads. "Since Mike has now formally filed his DOI (Declaration of Intent), we are pleased to announce our full support for his run for Douglasville City Council seat in Ward 2, post 1. We feel that Mike will be a good steward of taxpayers' money and will serve with the utmost integrity."
The party plans to send out Miller's formal announcement early this week.
Smith, a father of four, was born and raised in Douglasville. He has been in law enforcement for nearly six years and is now a police officer with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).
"I would like to see Douglasville continue to be a family-oriented community as well as continue to grow on the industrial side," he said.
Smith would also like to see small businesses continue to thrive in the community.
"I just have a passion for public service," he said.
Yockey said Smith's entering the race gives citizens a choice, and pointed to his experience in asking that they vote for him.
"The citizens of Ward one know that I am trustworthy and committed and will always have their best interests in mind," he said. "They also have access to my voting record for the past 4 years. The citizens do not have the same advantage with someone they do not know."
The other city council seats up for election are Ward 3 (posts 1 and 2). The current council members in those are Councilwoman LaShun Burr Danley (Ward 3, Post 1) and Councilman Samuel Davis (Ward 3, Post 2). Both have confirmed their intentions to seek re-election.
"As a servant leader in the community, I have always felt that serving others is the right thing to do," Danley said. "My public service duty moving forward is to see the completion of many projects through out the City of Douglasville. However, continuing to advocate for exceptional improvements in Ward 3 is a priority."
Qualifying for the Nov. 5 municipal general election in Douglasville is set for Aug. 26-30 at City Hall from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.