Riley to run for mayor of Mansfield

MANSFIELD — Interim Mayor Jefferson Riley announced Monday night that he plans to run for the office in an upcoming special election.

Riley said he and his wife Deborah made the decision jointly.

“I put God first in my life, my family next, my business — THP and the city — next,” said Riley, who is CEO of THP Graphics Group in Conyers. “I will perform all the duties required of the mayor with honesty and integrity. There is a lot that needs to be done in this city, and I intend to use my business knowledge and experience to benefit Mansfield.”

Mansfield will hold a special election Sept. 23 to fill the mayoral post and the City Council post that Riley held prior to being named interim mayor.

Riley, who was elected to the City Council in November 2013, was named mayor pro tem in January. He has been serving as interim mayor since the resignation of former mayor Estona Middlebrooks earlier this year.

Qualifying for the special election will take place on Aug. 20, 21 and 22. Riley will be required to resign from his City Council post at the time of qualifying.