PORTERDALE -- Darlene Savage, a native of Porterdale, has announced her intention to seek a seat on the Porterdale City Council in the November municipal election.
Savage, 48, said she will announce at a later time which post she will seek. Porterdale's municipal election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8. Two council posts are up for election -- Post 2, currently held by Linda Finger, and Post 1, held by Robert Foxworth. Finger has already announced her bid for re-election. All council posts are elected at-large.
Savage said though she moved away from Porterdale after graduation from Newton County Comprehensive High School, she has always had strong ties to the city.
"I was born and raised there," Savage said. "I moved away after graduation in 1980 for a period of years, but still stayed in the Newton-Rockdale area."
Savage returned to Porterdale in 2006 when she purchased a home there. As a council member, she would like to be able to impact the quality of life for Porterdale residents.
"I have memories of how Porterdale used to be, and I know that we can't go back to the past," Savage said. "But knowing the quality of life that we used to have, I would like to see that improved."
Two priorities for Savage, if elected, will be drawing businesses to the town and public safety. She said that she will research different ways of attracting new businesses. In addition, she thinks that public safety should continue to be a high priority for the City Council.
"Porterdale in the past has been known for a lot of drug activity," she said.
Drug crime has lessened over the years, and Savage said she would like to see that effort continued.
Reconstruction of Porter Memorial Gym has been an issue for the City Council since it burned in 2005. Savage said she would have to get more details on the scope of the reconstruction project to determine if it is a project the council can tackle. However, she said that she believes recreational facilities are needed in Porterdale.
Savage said she will campaign for City Council by going door-to-door to visit as many residents as she can in order to get their ideas and opinions on what is going on in the city. She also said she would like to hold public meetings in order to invite people to voice their concerns.
Savage is the daughter of Billy and Georgia Savage, long-time residents of Porterdale. She is single and the mother of two grown sons. She is employed by Channel Velocity in Covington.
According to the Georgia Secretary of State's Office, qualifying in municipal elections opens Aug. 29 at 8:30 a.m. and closes on Sept. 2 at 4:30 p.m.