Local News

October 19, 2013

Candidate profiles: Cohutta Town Council, Wesley Mahan

Mahan wants more jobs without over-development

DALTON — Wesley Mahan says he’s been all over the world. Charleston, S.C., England, Germany and Spain, among other places. That’s partly due to his military career with the Air Force and National Guard.

But throughout the world, there’s nothing quite like Cohutta, he said, noting, “It’s a good, quiet community.”

That’s why Mahan is running for a spot on the Cohutta Town Council. Incumbent Ben Manis and Greg Fowler are also running. There are two seats up for election this year, which means the two candidates who receive the most votes will prevail.

Early voting is underway and continues through Nov. 1. The election is Nov. 5.

Mahan wants to “grow the town without changing the small town atmosphere.” That means spurring job growth to fill some of the abandoned buildings in town, as opposed to major development that could hurt the close-knit feel of Cohutta, he said.

Mahan said he wants to broker deals with businesses to use “buildings and facilities that are there that aren’t being used.”

“We can grow without changing,” he added.

When it comes to spending, Mahan said he’s focused on always supporting “public safety” and the Cohutta Police Department.

He said he also wants to enforce business hours he said are treated too laxly by government workers, one example being the local post office.

“The workers get bored and leave at 3:30 or 3:45 when they should be there till 4 p.m. (the posted closing time),” he said.

So what’s prepared Mahan to take on decisions council members must make? Determination, he said. This is the third consecutive election he has vied for a spot on the council and he says he thinks this is his year to win.

Determination is also what got him into law enforcement. After graduating from Dalton High School in 1996, Mahan said he tried to get a job at the Dalton Police Department and Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office.

When both didn’t work out, Mahan kept at it and landed a night gig at Hays State Prison, between Summerville and LaFayette on Ga. Highway 1.

That’s where he says he “baby-sits killers.”

“If I can deal with people for doing heinous things, I’m pretty sure I can handle a town council,” he said. “I like it here (Cohutta). It’s quiet and I like quiet and I hope to keep it that way.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Green spot closing 1 mlh.jpg A part of the family

    Larry Green can’t remember the exact date. But he says it was about 54 years ago when his father Marvin took him to see the new store he and his brother Herman had commissioned Red Jennings to build at 309 W. Emery St. in Dalton.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • New high school?

    The only means for “staying small” and preserving “The Dalton Way” in Dalton Public Schools may be through expansion, Superintendent Jim Hawkins said Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Bond denied for man arrested in synthetic marijuana bust

    A Dalton business owner charged in a synthetic marijuana bust was denied bond Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Longtime Dalton business Green Spot to close

    Larry Green says he made the decision more than a year ago.

    July 29, 2014

  • Kiwanis Club3.jpg Kiwanians get a lesson in money and banking

    Money.
    It makes it easier for us to buy and sell goods and services. It is the measure by which we judge the relative value of those goods and services, and it allows us to “store value,” by placing it away and using it when we need it.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sheriff: Inmates don’t ask to vote

    In his 21 years of service, Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood said inmates have never asked for the opportunity to vote.

    July 28, 2014

  • Little library 1 mlh.jpg Little Libraries, big goal

    Whitfield County just received a new library.
    And better yet, 26 more are on the way to the region.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Picture 3.jpg Rock solid

    A great number of things have come and gone since 1974.
    One that hasn’t: a small Dalton school founded by parents wanting a unique learning environment for their children.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Vann House Day '14 6 mlh.jpg History comes alive at Vann House

    SPRING PLACE — In the early 1800s, the 1,000-acre plantation belonging to Cherokee Indian leader James Vann was a bustling place.

    July 26, 2014 5 Photos

  • Local officials agree with Deal

    Regarding news last week that approximately 30 unaccompanied minors from Central America, who had crossed the southern border into the United States, were sent without warning to Dalton last year and enrolled in Dalton Public Schools, Republican politicians representing portions of Murray and Whitfield Counties agree — state and local school officials deserved to know in advance, they say.

    July 26, 2014