Former State Senator Doug Stoner announced his candidacy for the Ward 6 district on the Smyrna City Council Monday. Stoner will seek the now-open seat of former council member Wade Lnenicka, who will challenge incumbent Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon later this year.
From the press release –
SMYRNA, GA. — Lifelong Cobb County resident and former State Senator Doug Stoner announced today that he will run for the Smyrna City Council representing the Ward 6 district. Current Ward 6 council member Wade Lnenicka recently declared that he will be challenging incumbent Mayor Max Bacon in this year’s municipal elections.
“I’ve called Smyrna home my entire life,” Stoner said. “It would be an honor to serve my neighbors on the city council to make sure we continue to maintain and improve our quality of life in Smyrna.”
Besides his ten years representing Smyrna at the State Capitol, Stoner also served as Chairman of the Cobb Transit Advisory Board, and is currently serving his 24th year as Vice-Chair of the Smyrna Downtown Development Authority which has overseen many of the major redevelopment projects in the city.
Stoner, a former King Springs Elementary PTA President, said his first priority would be working with the Cobb County School Board to improve our local public schools. “As a parent, I understand that one of your fundamental responsibilities is making sure your son or daughter has access to a quality education. As a council member, I will view quality public schools as a fundamental responsibility not only of the Cobb County School Board, but also of the City of Smyrna.”
Stoner also said his other priorities will be to maintain high standards for smart growth and redevelopment, along with a focus on traffic and transportation issues. “These priorities are key elements in a foundation for maintaining a high quality of life for the citizens of Ward 6 and Smyrna.”
Stoner, his wife Della and two daughters, Gray and Honor, reside in the Forest Hills neighborhood.