Snellville council member Tom Witts announces run for mayor
“I am excited today to put myself forward as a candidate for Mayor. I am running because I believe in Snellville—all that we are and all that we can be. When I first ran for office in 2009 I said I was committed to making sure Snellville is a place where everybody is proud to be somebody. We have done that, and now more than ever, I am determined to keep it that way,” said Witts in his announcement.
“Over the last 5 years, I have worked hard to make our city even better, and we have seen a lot of success. We have renewed a sense of community with events like the Farmers’ Market and the community events on the green. We have attracted dozens of new businesses and jobs, lowered property taxes for the last four years, and we completed the Veteran’s Memorial, a project that is closest to my heart. But there is more work to be done. I will bring the same amount of enthusiasm and determination to the Towne Center project that I did to complete the Memorial if I am fortunate enough to become the next Mayor of Snellville. This will continue to build our sense of community, attract business and keep our taxes low.”
“I am asking the people of Snellville for their support in this campaign because together, with real leadership and clear vision, we can take Snellville to new levels of success and prosperity,” continued Wiits.
Witts was first elected to the City Council in 2009 and has served as Mayor Pro-Tem since 2012. He grew up in Simpson Pennsylvania; upon high school graduation he joined the US Navy and is a decorated combat veteran. After serving his country Witts attended Lackawanna Junior College and Penn State University under the GI Bill. He has been a successful business owner for the past 30 years and is the CEO of Georgia Property Restoration, which has its corporate headquarters in Snellville.
Witts has been married for the past 25 years to his wife Carol, and between them they have two surviving adult children and one granddaughter. He and Carol attend St. Oliver’s church where Witts has been president of the Men’s Club as well as the Parish Council. Witts also served as Vice Commander of VFW Post 4180, Snellville.
According to the City of Snellville website, elections are “set to take place at the Snellville City Hall, 2342 Oak Road, Snellville, Georgia, on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, to elect a Mayor and two(2) members (Post 1 and 2) of the City Council. The posts for this election are currently occupied by Mayor Kelly Kautz and Council members Dave Emanuel and Diane Krause. The qualifying period for candidates opens Monday, August 31, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. and closes Friday, September 4, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. Any person desiring to run for office shall qualify in the office of the City Clerk by filing a Notice of Candidacy.”