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Challengers throw hats into Conyers elections
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In addition to the incumbents Mayor Randal Mills, District 2 Post 1 Councilman Chris Bowen, and District 1 Councilman Cleveland Stroud, a few challengers have thrown their hats into the ring for the November 3 city council elections.

Conyers resident Kathy Harvey qualified Thursday for the mayoral seat. She said she wanted to run to go beyond the continual cycle of planning and find financial solutions to carry out some of those plans.

"We need solutions now," she said. "We cannot continue to operate on a two-legged stool. We can’t get support from sales tax and property tax. We are going to need other financial mechanisms in place."

Mills has been mayor since 1998 and is running for his fourth term in office. He was unopposed in the last mayoral election in 2005.

Don Williamson and Tony Adams also qualified for the municipal elections, for the District 2 Post 1 seat, according to City Manager Tony Lucas.

Bowen, who has held that seat since 1991, said the last time he faced opposition was two terms ago.

He said he keeps running, "to make sure that Conyers keeps growing like it has been. We’ve done a lot, trying to develop Olde Town. At the same time, I think we’ve done an excellent job in today’s time in keeping a very financially sound city, unlike other cities in the metro-area and the state."

Stroud, who has been on the council since 1994, will run unopposed in the November 3 election.