CONYERS — Conyers Mayor Randy Mills has announced he will seek election to his fifth term in office.
Mills was first elected in 1997 and if re-elected would be the longest-serving mayor alongside Charles Walker, who was mayor from 1978 to 1997.
“After much discussion and prayer with my wife, Carol, I have decided to seek a fifth term as mayor of Conyers,” Mills wrote in a statement announcing his intentions to seek re-election. ”I have always considered one of the highest public honors is to serve my community. I love this community and cherish the opportunity to continue to make a positive difference for all of our residents in all of our neighborhoods.”
Mills, who is the president and owner of Sigman-Mills Furniture Company in Conyers, has an undergraduate degree in history and political science as well as a law degree from Woodrow Wilson Law School.
He has been an active member of several regional and local organizations, including the Georgia Municipal Association, the Atlanta Regional Commission, the American Cancer Society, the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, the Conyers Rotary Club, the Rockdale County Historical Society, the Olde Town Neighborhood Association, Rockdale Coalition of Children and Families and the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council.
Mills counts among his accomplishments as mayor over the past 16 years working to develop a land use plan that is “built on slow growth, but quality growth,” he said. He said he is also proud of working to develop transportation gateways to help move traffic around the city, continuing efforts to improve economic development and putting together a strong public safety department.
With what he describes as a “very aggressive agenda,” Mills is quick to say these efforts are a team effort, giving credit to the city council and city staff.
“I am one member of a six-person team and that’s always how I have approached this job,” he said. “We have had some incredible people serve on the council over the past 23 years — I served eight years on the council before running for mayor. I have been blessed to work with people who truly love the community.
“From the staff to the people on the elected side, it’s been an incredible journey and that’s why I continue to do it. These people make things happen and I am a very, very small part of it,” Mills said. “Collectively we have a well-oiled machine.”
Mills said if elected, he will continue to pursue this agenda with the goal of continuing to make Conyers a place people enjoy living and working.
“People who move here are really the judge and jury at the end of the day,” he said. “People are moving here because they feel great about the community and they want to be a part of it. That’s really my grade.”
Qualifying for municipal offices begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday and is open until Friday, Aug. 30, at 4:30 p.m. Offices on the ballot this year will be the mayor’s seat; the District 2, Post 1 seat, which has been held by Councilman Chris Bowen since 1991; and District 1, which has been held by Councilman Cleveland Stroud since 1994.