Friday, November 1, 2013

Little known facts about your Atlanta City Council and school board candidates

Posted By on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Atlanta City Council candidate John Paul Michalik
For CL's 2013 election guide, we asked Atlanta City Council candidates to fill out a questionnaire about their views on public safety, the stadium, ethics, the Atlanta Beltline, homelessness, and other key issues. Atlanta Public Schools board candidates were also asked about their views on issues. As part of those questionnaires, we requested that each individual provide us with basic information including their name, hometown, and contact information. CL also implored them to share a little known personal fact to learn more about life out of the public eye. Because ... why not?

Some participants didn't respond, but most of 'em replied with answers that ranged from fascinating to hilarious to boring. In a way, they also offered a bit of insight into each person's character. It was a fairly simple question. Certain candidates had fun with it while others listed their credentials or left the line blank. Here's what the candidates shared:

Council President
Ceasar Mitchell: I was a process server while in college. I served John Portman and Fred Tokars.

District Post 2 At-Large
Aaron Watson: I was both a UAW and Teamsters union member while an undergraduate student at Notre Dame.

Mary Norwood: I'm a good cook.

District Post 3 At-Large
H. Lamar Willis: That I have a Master of Science in Management & Policy Analysis from Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and a Certificate in Public Policy & International Affairs from the University of California at Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy.

Andre Dickens: My childhood dream was to play professional baseball.

District 1
Carla Smith: I am very frugal, I drive a 1996 vehicle and still have my vehicle from college as a second car.

Robert Welsh: I have a twin brother.

Bill Powell: [I was a] project manager for the 1996 Summer Olympics Aviation Plan.

District 3
Ivory Young: I have served as a deacon for over 20 years.

Patricia Crayton: Great Cook!

District 4
Torry Lewis: I Google EVERYTHING! I can't stand not knowing something... That is why I am now a Jeopardy Nerd (a positive connotation of course).

District 5
Christian Enterkin: I enjoy making homemade tomato pies.

Matt Rinker: I am the proud father to Harley, a rescue dog who is a mix of Corgie and Jack Russell.

John Paul Michalik: Lifelong Hulkamaniac. I believe in truth, justice and the American way, brother.

District 6
Alex Wan: My partner Joe and I are proud "dads" to two three-year old Labrador rescues, four four-month old chickens, and about 10,000 honeybees (one hive).

Mike Boyle: From 2004 to 2007, I managed a local music act known as Y-O-U. I wasn't really in the music business, but I fell in love with their song "La Lindsay" and started helping them out and the relationship grew from there. We sold a song to COKE and had a lot of fun. Since then they've morphed into Yacht Rock Revue, kings of smooth, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Tracey Austin: I am one of only a few females in the country certified to represent professional football and basketball players.

District 7
Howard Shook: I have written a book about musky fishing.

Abid Haque: I play polo.

Bobby Montgomery: I am ambidextrous (able to use both hands equally well).

District 9
Felicia Moore: I was a cheerleader at Central State University.

District 11
Keisha Lance Bottoms: Elton John got his break in music playing piano in my dad's band.

APS District 1

Leslie Grant: I've driven a racecar and an 18-wheeler (on a movie set - a only few yards)

APS District 4

Taryn Bowman: My first line in a movie, for which I got a credit, was "KingPin," a Farrelly Bros. production. The Farrelly Bros. are currently filming "Dumb and Dumber To" in Atlanta.

Nancy Meister: I have served in various volunteer leadership roles within APS for the past 15+ years!

APS District 5

Charles Lawrence: I give a scholarship to a high school senior every year.

APS District 6

Eshe Collins: I am an Atlanta native, Spelman and GSU graduate, former APS elementary teacher, and currently, an attorney, who advocates for equal access to high-quality education for our children.

Shawnna Hayes-Tavares: I attended APS EL Connally and Walter F. George HS

APS At-Large Seat 7

Courtney English: I'm volunteer football coach at an APS Middle School - BEST Academy - the same school at which I taught. This year, our team advanced to the Middle School Championship in the Georgia Dome.

Nisha Simama: Worked as a Christian youth counselor in the Chicago inner city.

APS At-Large Seat 8

Mark Riley: I love coconut ice cream.

Tom Tidwell: In the mid‐80s, I played competitive softball with Mr. V's Figure 8 traveling team.

Cynthia Briscoe Brown: My campaign signature is brownies because of my passion for chocolate.

APS At-Large Seat 9

Ed Johnson: To get my attention real fast, say "Mustang" or "Blackbird."

Jason Esteves: I like to impress my wife every once in a while by cooking her gourmet Spanish dishes.

Sean Norman: I studied Arabic in High School.

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