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Engineer throws hat in Porterdale Post 5 council race
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The Committee to Elect Lowell Chambers has announced that Lowell Chambers will run for the Porterdale City Council Post 5 seat vacated by Kay Piper. Chambers and his family have lived in Porterdale since 2000 and have owned property in the city since 1993.

Chambers has a Master of City Planning from Georgia Tech, a Bachelor of Agricultural Engineering from the University of Georgia, a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Georgia, and an Associate of Fine Arts degree from Young Harris College. He is a Georgia Registered Professional Engineer and a certified teacher.

Currently Chambers serves as watershed director for the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management. He was previously chief engineer with the City of Atlanta Department of Public Works and design section chief for the Bureau of Drinking Water. He was responsible for a $500 million evaluation and rehabilitation of the City of Atlanta sewer system. His work history includes engineer/project manager with private sector consulting firms in the design and construction of reservoirs, roadway projects and all type of public and private utilities.

As a student, he was employed as a research assistant in the University of Georgia Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Department and served as an engineering technician with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He put himself through school by working in the Music Library, the Horticulture Dept. greenhouse and as a church janitor. In summers, he was a construction worker on interstate highway bridges and the expansion of Sanford Stadium at the University of Georgia.

Chambers is a founding member of The Friends of Porterdale and has served as chairman of the Zoning Board. He and his family are active in Covington First United Methodist Church. His wife, Melanie Sheets, is a teacher with the Newton County School System. They have two sons in the ninth and sixth grade.