Euharlee prepares to vote on open council seats
by Amanda Stegall
Nov 06, 2011 | 1262 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With local elections set for Tuesday, Euharlee residents will be able to choose between four candidates to fill two at-large seats on the city council. Those candidates are Jimmy Tilley, Craig Guyton, William Eubanks and Steve Worthington.

Name: Craig Guyton

Occupation: General manager of a small business specializing in printing.

Education: Graduated from Cartersville High School.

Family: Married to Donna for 17 years with a daughter, Bailey, at Woodland High School and a son, Griffin, at Mission Road Elementary.

Why are you running for election?

A. I believe it is important for people to be involved in their local community. Donna and I have tried to instill that belief in our children. Running for city council is a great way for me to show them how important it is and not to just tell them. I also believe that at this time in Euharlee, we are in need of people with business experience to represent us.

What makes you the best candidate?

A. With 15 years of management experience in business and a genuine love for our community and an appreciation of Euharlee's rich history, I believe I am the best candidate to provide a balance between planning for Euharlee's growth and respecting our historical roots.

What would you like to accomplish if elected?

A. I would like to create an environment where small business owners can flourish. At the same time, I would like to keep the history and the family atmosphere in Euharlee the primary focus. I would also like to make sure the decisions of the city and the council are transparent for the citizens of Euharlee.

Name: William Eubanks

Occupation: Retired from BellSouth.

Education: Graduated from Cherokee High School in Canton.

Family: Married to Ann with one son, Jason.

Why are you running for election?

A. I think we've made a good bit of progress in Euharlee in the two years since I've been appointed and I want to keep the progress up. I think we've done a lot of good things in the last two years. We've got the park started, we bought that land that borders the creek and the river for future use. We've got a master plan in the works for the downtown area. I think we've done a lot of good.

What makes you the best candidate?

A. I think because I really care about Euharlee. I worked here back in the late 1960s and mostly through the 1970s working in the Cartersville and Euharlee area and was familiar with it and I really love living here and I love our little town. Just the progress that we've made, with the good things that we're doing, and I'm happy to have a part in that and I don't want to lose that.

What would you like to accomplish if elected?

A. We've got the park to finish first and we need, if I can put a plug in for the sales tax, we need that to pass also. Not just finishing the park but we did get in our complete downtown master plan done, we've got a grant for a trail that's going to be a big help there. Hopefully we're gonna get some restrooms as part of that down in the historic district which will be a big help when we've got people visiting. We want the city to grow but we want it to grow in a proper way. We're lucky to have Johnny Mitchell's here and we're lucky to have the store open and doing well and we just need it to grow but in the proper way. I think the master plan is going to help with that, at least give us a vision for that.

Name: Steve Worthington

Occupation: Retired from the Bartow County Fire Department.

Education: Graduated from Adairsville High School and attended Atlanta Christian College.

Family: Married to Becky with one daughter, Heather and son-in-law Jeremy.

Why are you running for election?

A. I started something in 1991 when I first took office on the city council in Euharlee and I want to continue it. We have a very unique situation with the historic preservation with the bridge and all the buildings and I don't want to see them destroyed just because someone wants to modernize everything.

What makes you the best candidate?

A. Experience. When I first got elected to city council we had no full time employees, we had no city hall, our budget was less than $100,000 a year. And now, we have 5,000 people inside the city, 15 full time employees and our budget is bumping $2 million a year.

What would you like to accomplish if elected?

A. I would like to see some more mom and pop type business without destroying the integrity of our historic preservation. I'm not for a real big chain outfit coming in and destroying everything. People moved to Euharlee years ago because it's out in the country and I like the country and I don't want it to turn into an urban suburb. I like to keep the country feel if I can.

Tilley was unavailable for an interview at the time calls were placed.