MANSFIELD -- David NaDell has enjoyed spending his retirement in the small town of Mansfield, and now, he wants to give back to the community.
NaDell is running for the Post 4 City Council seat against Lisa Dunn. Having never run for political office, NaDell has no big plans but just wants to do "anything I can do to improve the community."
He would like to see sidewalk repairs and improvements to old buildings in town and attract a few new businesses, while still keeping the rural atmosphere intact.
As for the hottest topic in Mansfield today -- Georgia Transmission Corporation's plan to run power lines through a residential section of town -- NaDell said he's on the fence because he doesn't know the full impact.
"If it's going to hurt our community, I would say move it to where no one gets hurt. If it's going to upgrade our community I guess I'm a little on both sides. But if it's going to scare families away I'm not sure we want it through that community," he said.
NaDell, 64, moved to Mansfield from Jackson, Mich., with his wife of 46 years, Renay, to be near family after his retirement nine years ago. He worked in glass installation and for the U.S. Postal Service. After graduating high school in Jackson, he attended Lansing Community College and Howard University in Big Springs, Texas, where he studied mechanical engineering.
"I'm bringing a lot of life education," NaDell said, adding that since he doesn't work a full-time job, he has the time and energy to devote to the council. "I think I'm going to be living in this community for the rest of my life and this would be a good way to start giving back to the community."
NaDell is a member of The Church at Covington and of the Grandparents Club at Piedmont Academy, which raises money for the private school. He is an Air Force and Army National Guard veteran. He has two children, four grandchildren and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The Municipal Election takes place Nov. 8.