Haddix to seek re-election

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix in a file photo.

He also warns of lack of road funds in annual Rotary address

Following his annual “State of the City” address to the Peachtree City Rotary Club Thursday, Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix announced that he indeed will seek a second term in the November election.

Haddix specifically cited tax increases, added debt and the dissolution of the city’s development authority as matters that “need to be corrected to move the city forward.”

“They know I keep my word and work to accomplish my agenda,” Haddix said.

Haddix has had a heated relationship with his fellow council members, and his campaign website is already up and running with material that is highly critical of councilwoman Vanessa Fleisch, his only announced opponent so far.

Haddix and his fellow council members have failed to see eye to eye on a number of issues but perhaps most critically on the budget. Haddix has advocated for staving off property tax increases, but was unable to recommend specific cuts to the budget to accomplish that goal. Instead, Haddix has appointed a committee of volunteers who are studying city spending and seeking citizen input on what should be prioritized along with a millage rate.

Haddix and the rest of council have also clashed continually over the city having to pay more than $10,000 to defend and settle a libel lawsuit filed by former Mayor Harold Logsdon stemming from an email Haddix sent to a city employee in which Haddix claimed Logsdon was “part drunk” at council meetings.

Council in May voted to dock Haddix’s pay to help reimburse the city for the expenses, but they restored his salary, including back pay, in December after Haddix threatened to file a lawsuit challenging their action, which he argued was not authorized by the city charter.

Despite the clashes with his fellow council members, Haddix told Rotary members that he has been able to score some victories including changes at the city amphitheater and tennis center that saved about $500,000 a year. Haddix also noted that the former development authority, before it was disbanded, helped redevelop the Kedron and Braelinn shopping centers, the Fresh Market grocery store “and enabled the desires of Kroger to expand their Braelinn store.”

Haddix also cited victory on making changes to “city staff and structures” that he sought in 2011, though he noted those changes involved a struggle with some on city staff and some council members.

“It has been a great honor to serve Peachtree City, first as a councilman and now as mayor,” Haddix said. “Having taken everything into consideration and in respect to all those who asked me to run again, I am announcing my candidacy for re-election as mayor.”

In his state of the city address, Haddix noted the accolades the city received the past year including the designation from Bloomberg Businessweek as “Best place to raise kids in Georgia” and from Reader’s Digest as having the “Most Interesting Parade.”

Haddix also noted that more than four miles of cart paths were improved, the city also repaved north Peachtree Parkway, much of Dividend Drive in the industrial park and several other city streets, though the city is now out of sales tax money used to fund the projects, an issue that will be “of great and costly concern for the future.”

Another financial issue gripping the city is the identification of $62 million in stormwater repairs with no money leftover to fund them. City officials have previously said they are studying an increase in the annual stormwater fee assessed on all parcels in the city.

Haddix said the reorganization of the police department by the elimination of three captain positions “has saved over $300,000 while improving efficiency and operations.” and that the city saw a 40 percent reduction in DUI-related crashes according to police data while serious crimes increased by 2.58 percent.

Haddix also cited the fire department’s work to keep and improve a volunteer force to supplement career members along with the department’s successful public education efforts.

In the area of recreation, Haddix noted improvements in turf management at the city’s baseball, soccer and lacrosse fields along with the resurfacing of various city public tennis courts and the replacement of the Kedron pool bubble enclosure. The tennis courts and bubble replacement were funded by the city’s $3 million facilities authority bond, Haddix noted.

The mayor also said he is looking forward to the results of the work of a citizen “needs assessment committee” that is preparing an unbiased survey to help with strategic planning on taxes and spending. Haddix noted that he appointed all of the citizens who applied for the position in an attempt to prevent bias.

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Don you're right about one

Don you're right about one thing and that being folks can decide for themselves, and please don't characterize yourself as a model of leadership because we both know you're far from it. Leadership is better defined as guiding or directing a group, not solely standing up for what you perceive as right. Many would view you as obstinate, especially in those instances you were proven wrong and simply refused to alter your stance.

Leadership is acting in a manner in which others would emulate while earning the trust of those with whom you work, can you honestly state that you have?

Leadership is being sound of character and accepting both the strengths and weaknesses of others, can you actually state that your numerous letters to the editor have reflected such?

Leadership is an ongoing process of giving credit where due while possessing the humility of avoiding the spotlight, can you actually state that you have?

Honestly answer these three simple questions to yourself, and you might just learn that you have a long way to go before you can be characterized as a leader.

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Running for Mayoral reelection

You have got to be kidding me, dont think you have a chance and I will do all I can to persuade all my friends to VOTE for your opponent. I have an idea , move to a neighboring county and run for public office

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O And Who Might That Be?

Larry, Curly and Moe? Dont forget Mike, too funny.

Hope everyone takes the time to get to know the candidates, attend ralleys drop in on them and talk, do what's necessary for your own personal veting...Makes me realize perhaps not too many of you did that if you voted for our current Mayor.

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Proud to say

that I did not vote for the current Mayor.

Husband and Fat...
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Your'e a hoot

God Bless

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Haddix re-election

Some people simply have no shame. Petty politics, massive ego's, and the office of Peachtree City Mayor seems to draw both.

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Haddix: Website

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The posting of your website

The posting of your website violates the posting rules for this website. "Spammers and posters who link to offsite urls are subject to being blocked from further use of the website."

Husband and Fat...
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Mr. Mayor

Your website asks one to register in order to post or ask questions. I tried to register, but this application states that it is disabled by the administrator.

Did you not proof your site before opening?

Husband and Fat...
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Not impressive

Just went thru your re-election website. Attack after attack, after attack. No one believes this dribble.

Suggestion for a new forum item: "Part Drunk". I want to understand why you felt the need to slander someone using the city computer.

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"Unencumbered by the thought process" is how he does it

He really is easy to understand when you apply that description to his every deed. The Car Talk guys coined that phrase for themselves as self-mockery, but they were just clowning around. I'm afraid "Unencumbered by the thought process" is SOP for STM.