Newcomer Savage seeks election to Porterdale council

PORTERDALE -- Tim Savage, a candidate for the Post 3 seat on the Porterdale City Council, became a homeowner in the community in 2002. The newcomer to politics said he had purchased homes in other areas, renovated and flipped them. He said he fell in love with Porterdale and decided to stay, but the town hasn't progressed over the past few years like he thought it would.

Savage, 36, is competing with another newcomer, Terry Barnes, to fill the unexpired term of Arline Chapman, who resigned to run for mayor in the Nov. 8 elections. Savage, who is single, said he hopes to bring new ideas and a new level of accountability to the City Council.

From the meetings he's attended, Savage said he's seen the council deal with new ordinances and ordinance changes. "But that doesn't bring revenue to the city," he said. In order to do that, Savage said city leaders need to improve the downtown area and give people a reason to come there and a reason to stay and spend their money.

He said he would work toward bringing more dining options to the downtown area and improve access to the Yellow River for kayaking tours and other recreational options.

"We have to find a way to bring people down there and keep them down there," he said.

Savage, a native of Atlanta, has already worked to give visitors a reason to come to Porterdale by hosting a car show and festival in mid-October. He said he has promoted similar events in other venues and would work to do more in Porterdale.

"We didn't break even, but the crowd was there," Savage said, adding that there were a couple of logistical glitches that made hosting the event there a little more complicated.

Savage, who works as a security consultant, said he worked with the current council members to put the car show and festival together, and said he sees himself as a leader. As for the personality conflicts among current council members, Savage said he would work to get the council members focused on the same goals.

"I don't understand where the bickering came from, but it's not the mature way to do business," Savage said.

"Part of my training that I've been through is to defuse situations like that," he added.

Savage said his campaign style is to build on his comments at the candidate forum held last Tuesday and go out and meet the voters. Savage said he feels he has good support from residents of the Porterdale Mill Lofts, but he also wants to discuss the issues with residents of the mill village as his campaign progresses.