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No opposition for Pdale candidates

PORTERDALE — Porterdale candidates are safe from opposition this election season.

Current incumbents Tim Savage, Post 3, Mike Harper, Post 4 and Lowell Chambers, Post 5, were the only ones to qualify for their respective seats. Qualifying closed at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Harper was first elected in 2006. In a release announcing his candidacy, Harper stated he has been a strong supporter of law enforcement and was instrumental in the return of 24-hour police patrol and the budget adjustments that made that possible. During his time on the council, Harper said he has supported efforts that have successfully reduced crime in Porterdale and has been a strong advocate of the canine program. Harper cited the canine program’s success in several areas including crime prevention, public relations and working with schools on anti-drug education.

Harper is the official who for four years pushed for a public indecency ordinance before it was approved by the council last year. The ordinance was initially aimed at baggy pants, but was modified to mirror state law after the city’s solicitor advised that specifically targeting baggy pants could result in costly litigation for the city.

He is the owner of a constructions and renovation business and has been a resident of Porterdale since 1971. He is married to Porterdale native Pam Patterson Harper and they have two children and three grandchildren.

Chambers first filled the unexpired term of Councilwoman Kay Piper upon her resignation in 2009 and was elected to his first full term to the Post 5 seat later that same year.

In his campaign announcement, Chambers cited a variety of accomplishments which he feels he has played a part in achieving.

“… Porterdale has made huge strides — the city budget is financially sound and the millage rate has been lowered; the police and all departments are operating full time; and housing codes are being enforced,” he stated in a printed release.

Chambers and his wife, Melanie Sheets, along with their two sons, have lived in Porterdale since 2000 and have owned property there for 20 years. They are active members at Covington First United Methodist Church.

Chambers works as watershed director for the city of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, Office of Watershed Protection.

Savage was elected in 2011 to fill the unexpired term of Mayor Arline Chapman, who resigned her council post to run for mayor. His goals have included working to bring more dining and entertainment options to the downtown area and improving access to the Yellow River for kayaking tours and other recreational options. Savage moved to Porterdale in 2002.