Dan Merkel announces candidacy for City Council

It looks to start early this year. Campaign season is kicking off in April as Dan Merkel announced yesterday he is running for City Council. He plans to run for the post 6 seat currently held by DC Aiken. According to a press release he has DC’s endorsement.

Merkel, who lives in the Kimball Bridge area, is a 20 year resident of Alpharetta. His community resume is consistent with that of an established guy running for office in Alpharetta. He’s served the newly-formed Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce as well at the Rotary, Public Safety Foundation and the YMCA.

While 2013 was a snoozer for municipal elections in this area, 2015 promises to be much more, especially in Alpharetta. DC Aiken is term-limited out of his post 6 seat. Michael Cross has announced that he will not seek reelection leaving that position up for grabs too.

Jim Gilvin’s seat is also up. As the most homeowner friendly and anti-establishment guy up there, you should expect a challenger to emerge for this spot as well. Mayor David Belle Isle will also face the voters this year.

With qualifying in August it is rare for candidates to announce this early. However David Belle Isle started very early in 2011, a move that obviously turned out well for him. Perhaps Merkel is taking a page out of this playbook.

Merkel will soon host a campaign kickoff party at Pure Taqueria. It was an unusual part of this announcement as most of these political guys party at Ron Wallace’s joint, Olde Blind Dog in Crabapple. Merkel’s campaign also appears to be managed by Fred Hicks who in past campaigns has had close ties to Wallace. But maybe we’re looking too much into things. With four months to qualifying and seven to the election, there is plenty of time yet to talk election politics in Alpharetta.

5 Responses to “Dan Merkel announces candidacy for City Council”

  1. Julie April 18, 2015 at 8:04 am #

    I don’t think you’re looking too much into things. Thanks for the update. Belle Isle needs a challenger or two. Hoping someone will emerge.

  2. Lisa Mabry April 22, 2015 at 10:03 pm #

    I posted some questions and comments on Mr. Merkels facebook page, and instead of addressing them, and answering my questions, he deleted the comment and then set the page where people can’t post on it. Does he think he can get elected without talking to people? Oh, yea, well he can if he is unopposed.

  3. Dan Merkel April 24, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    Lisa my apologies to you as our web site and Face Book are still somewhat under construction and handled by someone other than me. That person is out of town at a convention and when he returns he is going to show me how to get to your comments and allow me to address them for you. Sorry for the delay.

  4. Julie April 25, 2015 at 10:17 pm #

    Dan – you might be a great guy and great candidate for office, I really don’t know, but YOU TOO can figure out the Facebook page and how to get to Lisa’s comment. It’s scary to think of candidates as technology handicapped.


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