Dunn focuses on finances in bid for Mansfield council

Lisa Dunn

Lisa Dunn

MANSFIELD — Lisa Dunn is seeking her first full term representing Post 4 on the Mansfield City Council.

Dunn was elected two years ago to fill the unexpired term of the late Larry Haigwood.

Going forward, Dunn said she wants to focus on city finances.

“As far as money, it’s not been a top priority of the administration that’s in there now, but it really should be,” she said.

Dunn said since she was elected, she’s been asking how the city will pay the estimated $2 million to $3 million it owes on the Plant Vogtle nuclear reactor plant currently under construction. Once the plant comes online, which could be as early as 2015, the city will owe between $50,000 and $75,000 per year, Dunn said. But, she said she’s yet to get an answer as to where that money is coming from, nor does the council have a good grasp on city finances, as financial statements have not been available since the city transitioned from an all-paper to electronic financial accounting system. There has been a delay in getting financial information into the system, she said.

Dunn said there has been “carelessness” in the handling of the city’s finances, but did not want to elaborate.

“Whether in our personal lives, work lives or the community, there are things we need to do and we should always do them ethically, always, and when we fail at that we damage our reputations,” she said. “There are just some things that have gone on that haven’t been very ethical. Some people view it as it’s easy to spend other people’s money without a thought. I personally feel responsible for everyone’s money here.”

Dunn also said officials need to develop a clear vision for the city. She’d like to reinstate a beautification committee that is no longer active that brought lots of good ideas for upgrades to the city.

Dunn said the council gets frequent complaints about speeders on Ga. Highways 11 and 213 and the council is working with the Department of Transportation to address that.

Dunn’s fellow council member Larry Cummins switched posts to run against her.

“That was definitely a political move on his part,” Dunn said, adding she views herself as a civil servant, not a politician.

“It’s humbling to serve the people. I feel a responsibility to help others, and if we have talents we should use them,” she said.

Dunn, 48, was born in Georgia and grew up in Louisiana. She moved back to Georgia 30 years ago and to Mansfield in 2005. She works for a software development company. She has two sons, Dustin and Bret. She is a member of Newborn United Methodist Church and of the Disciples of Christ Ministry Food Bank.

Early voting runs through 5 p.m. Friday at Mansfield City Hall, located at 3146 Ga. Highway 11 South. Polls are open at City Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5.