Barbara Malone, a resident of the Mountaire Springs Neighborhood, has announced her qualified candidacy for the District 3 City Council seat.
Attorney Graham McDonald has also qualified as a candidate for the seat. Current District 3 City Councilman Chip Collins decided not to run for re-election.
In a press statement, Malone said she was encouraged by neighbors to run for Collins’ seat. “I was unaware that the incumbent, Chip Collins, wasn’t running until I started receiving phone calls from friends and neighbors urging me to run for City Council,” she said. “Their encouragement and support made my decision easy.”
Malone is active in the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods and Mountaire Springs Neighborhood Association, and has often been vocal during City Council meetings.
In August 2011, Malone told City Council members that Sandy Springs business license practices needed to improve, after discovering that the former private high school, Pierian Springs, operated in Sandy Springs without an appropriate business license. During the same meeting, she asked Council members why Atlanta Country Day School was allowed to operate for seven years without a special use permit and a sprinkler system.
In her press statement, Malone said “I’m excited at the thought of contributing further to the legacy that created Sandy Springs; I want to do my part in making Sandy Springs a place in which people increasingly want to live.”