DUNWOODY

posted : Oct 08, 2017

Post Karen Handel's Congressional election. a small part called Dunwoody is having a mini-election.

"Unfortunately, many decisions and discussions are apparently made behind closed doors. There is not enough transparency. The tax payers of Dunwoody are entitled to know, after all, since we are a small city with a limited budget," Joe Hirsch, Candidate for City Council.

By: The Staff Reporters of Georgia Weekly Post

Photographer: David Deng of Georgia Weekly Post.

 

 

“The voters of Dunwoody want to see new faces and get fresh ideas and want the old ways of the establishment retired." said Joe Hirsch to Georgia Weekly Post.

Photo by Georgia Weekly Post.

 

Joe Hirsch  - Photo Above - is taking on Pam Talmadge - Photo below, in  one  District of three.

She is known for being   the darling of the local establishment, according to locals..  

Talmadge, was described as an important part of the local DHA -  Dunwoody's Home Owners Association

Joe Hirsch, facing an insider, is  considered  by many locals as the under dog in that race, "he got a good chance of wining that seat. " according to a member of the council..  

The Dunwoody Homeowners Association and a local publication,  used for municipal advertising are the sponsors of one single a candidates debate on the afternoon of Sunday, October 15, at 2:00PM.

The selected site is a small meeting room at Kingsley Swim and Tennis  private club off Peachtree Road. A fashionable part of Dunwoody and favorite of the DHA for meetings over the years.

The moderators, according to one of the  six candidates are Robert Wittgenstein, the President of DHA. He is a former member of Dunwoody's city Council. He joined the DHA's leadership  following  a failing  campaign for re-election to the Dunwoody City council.

Joe Hirsch is taking on Pam Talmadge, in the first District - of three.

Photo by Georgia Weekly Post at The Meng House of Dunwoody - Above.

She is known for being the darling of the local establishment, according to locals.. Talmadge, was described as an important part of the local DHA - Dunwoody's Home Owners Association. Joe Hirsch, fasing an insider, is considered by many locals as the under dog in that race, " He got a very good  chance of wining that seat an retiring Talmadge" according to a member of the council..

 

In addition to Wittgenstein,  a second moderator was chosen .  

Dick Williams is the second. While based in Dunwoody, he is  resident of Brookhaven, Georgia. 

Williams is  the owner of a local weekly newspaper with free circulation., It was described as the voice of the local establishment by residents in Dunwoody. Georgia Weekly Post noticed a placement of an advertisement in colors on page five by Joe Hirsch at Williams' weekly publication.None was observed to be placed by the other five candidates.  

During a total of three hours, those invited will be able to see the three pairs of candidates representing the three districts of the City of Dunwoody. 

Robert Wittgenstein, the President of DHA. He is a former member of Dunwoody's city Council. He joined the DHA's leadership following a failing campaign for re-election to the Dunwoody City council. Phot By Georgia Weekly Post.

 

Georgia Weekly Post had interviewed Pam Talmadge  earlier . We have offered her the equal opportunity to explain her views to the readers. We did not hear from her yet. 

Same requests were made to the four  other candidates,   including Jim Riticher

Bobby Zuckman, a new local face in politics is challenging Riticher in the second district.

The third District offers an opportunity for two new candidates due to a retirement. Henry Bierenfeld  and and Tom Lambert are competing for the open seat.  

 

Joe Hirsch and his wife. Joe Hirsch is considered by many locals as the under dog in that race, " zero chance of wining that seat" according to a member of the council..

 

Surrounded by invited constituents and curious voters, Dunwoody City Council District 1 candidate  - a third of the city - Joe Hirsch met and spoke to Georgia Weekly Post at his October 3rd " #JoeWithJoe coffee and donut meet and greet". Over two hundreds attended the event.

 

The race for that seat began too early during the summer  The third District offers an opportunity for two new candidates due to a retirement. Henry Bierenfeld and and Tom Lambert are competing for the open seat. Photo by Georgia Weekly Post.

 

 Joe Hirsch, 47, married, two teenage daughters and a longtime Dunwoody resident, spoke to Georgia Weekly Post  while shaking hands with each person who arrived at Da Vinci’s Donuts in the heart of his  local district. 

 "For years, I went to meetings and attended public hearings at Dunwoody City Hall. I did my best to speak on the behalf of my neighbors and bring issues before the seven elected members," he said. "Unfortunately, many decisions and discussions are apparently made behind closed doors. There is not enough transparency. The tax payers of Dunwoody are entitled to know, after all, since we are a small city with a limited budget," he added.

 

 

Bobby Zuckman, a new local face in politics is challenging Jim Riticher in the second district, forcing him into an early retirement after serving his first four years' term..

 "Residents of Dunwoody are tired of over regulations and unjustified fees. This is not good for home or business owners. It is nothing less than added taxes. Even when the city  charges it to builders , it ends up being paid for by us the home owners and tax payers. I want to see this stopped. We especially owe it to the older residents, half the city strong, who have lived here before the city of Dunwoody was created," said Joe Hirsch to Georgia weekly Post.

 

 

Dunwoody's Village. As the guests at his event sipped on their coffees and the smell of sweet donuts filled the air, Hirsch responded to his attendees’ further questions about reducing the burden of government. "This is a small city. Commercial development must carry a higher share of the tax burden. I want a council to vote to lower our millage rate. Voters wanted lower taxes." he said. Photo by Georgia Weekly Post.

 

 As the guests at his event sipped on their coffees and the smell of sweet donuts filled the air,  Joe Hirsch and his wife responded to his attendees’ further questions about reducing the burden of government.  

 

"This is a small city. Commercial development must carry a higher share of the tax burden. I want a council to vote to lower our millage rate. Voters wanted lower taxes. It is doable. Waste can be eliminated while providing basic services such as police, extending sidewalks and repairing our roads,” he said.

"  local schools and DAKA are issues relating to State and federal powers and regulations. We have to face it.  Other talked about it but failed to get results or cahnge the state laws to allow Dunwoody to get our own schools started. The city of Dunwoody can do very little to cahnge that" said Hirsch to this reporter.  

 

“The voters of Dunwoody want to see new faces and get fresh ideas and want the old ways of the establishment retired. I am ready and energized to provide leadership on the City Council and help steer our dollars into the right direction and stop the waste, unnecessary consulting by the outsiders." said Joe Hirsch to Georgia Weekly Post.

 

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