F’ville mayor Steele to face rare challenge in November election


While the political rhetoric has been ongoing in Peachtree City for a while now in advance of the November election, things may be about to get spicy in Fayetteville too.

For the first time in recent memory, Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele will face a challenger: computer salesman Greg Clifton.

Qualifying for various council seats ended last week, setting the stage for the fall political season.

Fayetteville’s other two council seats also will feature races: with Post 1 incumbent Wilson Price facing educator and pastor Edward Johnson. In Post 2, marketing director Cathy Cochran will challenge businessman Mickey Edwards. Post 2 incumbent Al Hovey-King declined to seek re-election.

In Peachtree City, newcomer Steve Allen of the Bradford Estates subdivision qualified for the Post 1 race against incumbent Eric Imker. Allen lists his job as being in the field of information technology services.

There will also be a race for the other open seat, Post 2, which is being vacated by Doug Sturbaum, who has declined to run for re-election. The two candidates qualifying for Post 2 were Robinson Woods Estates resident George Dienhart and Smokerise resident Scott Brown.

Dienhart is a single father of four who has worked in the software industry and most recently wrote a column for the Fayette County News. Brown owns his own architectural drafting firm, which he runs out of his home.

Tyrone will also face an active political season with the mayor’s seat and two council slots up for grabs. The mayor’s race will include sitting Post 2 Councilman Eric Dial and marketer Derrick L. Jackson.

The Post 1 candidates are bookkeeper Linda M. Howard and volunteer Tammy Proctor. Post 1 Incumbent Tracy Young declined to seek re-election.

Post 2 candidates are career consultant Pota Coston and HeroBox founder Ryan Housley.