Fountain announces bid for city council

Photo by Alena Parker

Photo by Alena Parker

CONYERS -- It looks like there will be some competition in City Council elections this November.

Local dermatologist Dr. John Fountain announced Tuesday he will run for a seat on the City Council in the Nov. 8 municipal elections.

Councilman Marty Jones currently holds the seat. Jones said Tuesday he has not yet decided whether he will seek re-election.

"The position has been filled admirably by Councilman Jones for many years," Fountain said in a written statement. "Should he not fill the position this fall, it will be particularly important for the city at this time that his successor be able to offer a visible example of integrity, credibility and significant experience to the job."

In a phone conversation with the Citizen on Tuesday, Fountain pointed to a State of the City address the year before last where Jones said he was not going to run for re-election.

"He might change his mind, but I'm proceeding as though I'm running regardless," Fountain said.

Fountain is chairman of the Downtown Development Authority, a board that Jones also sits on. Fountain has served two three-year terms and will be in his seventh year. He said others have encouraged him to run for office.

"I've been approached about a number of things over the years," Fountain said. "I never planned to run for public office, but I think circumstances dictate that's something I need to do."

A lifelong resident, Fountain runs a private dermatology business near Rockdale Medical Center. He said he wanted to do all he can to make Conyers the best place it can be.

"I'm in Conyers because I love Conyers," Fountain said. "What I do I can do it anywhere in the country, but this is where I chose to be."

Of his goals, Fountain listed conservative management of finances, providing equitable enforcement of sign and maintenance codes, and approaching public safety as the primary function of city government. He said he wants to develop incentives for police to move into the city to increase visibility.

Fountain is also chairman of the Rockdale County Board of Health and active in several other boards and organizations.

He is a Rockdale County High School graduate and earned degrees from Emory University.

Fountain is an elder at the Conyers Presbyterian Church and has been married to his wife Carol since 1974. The couple has two children and two grandchildren.