Brush, Bagwell capture Emerson at-large seats
by Neil B. McGahee
Nov 06, 2013 | 845 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Emerson voters retained incumbent Ed Brush and elected challenger Donnie Bagwell to at-large seats on the Emerson City Council. Incumbent Brenda Tidwell finished a distant third.

Bagwell led all candidates with 96 votes, 43 percent of the 217 votes cast, while Brush received 81 votes, 36 percent, to secure a third term. Tidwell received 42 votes or 19 percent.

Both candidates emphasized the city’s declining infrastructure and the proper management of growth as the most pressing issues facing the city, particularly the water and sewer systems and the addition of the LakePoint development.

Bagwell, 46, plant manager at Ampacet Corporation in Cartersville, holds a marketing degree from Kenesaw State University. He ran on a platform of smart growth for Emerson both commercially and residentially.

“Growth is inevitable,” he said. “We need to have a plan in place to provide positive sustainable growth.”

Brush, 59, a real estate agent, holds degrees in business, psychology and sociology. He won a third term emphasizing a platform of fiscal responsibility while still providing for the needs of the citizens.

“We must balance the growth that will surely come about with the arrival of the LakePoint development that is beneficial to our citizens,” he said.