Fayette County


City Council and Mayoral candidates attend meet and greet

From left to right: Rick Bryant, Phil Crane, Frank Destadio, Alan Livsey and Nick Ferrante.

By Michael Cuneo – 

Five of the six candidates running for Peachtree City Council attended a meet-and-greet hosted by the NCAAP and Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 24. While mayoral candidates were also scheduled to attend, only Nick Ferrante was present.

The event allowed candidates to give a short speech and allowed for residents to ask questions. City Council candidates Rick Bryant, Phil Crane, Frank Destadio, Alan Livsey and Kevin Madden were all in attendance. The only absent City Council candidate for Peachtree City was newcomer Gretchen Caola, who had her daughter speak in her place.

While mayoral candidates Kim Learnard, Terry Ernst, Eric Imker and Nick Ferrante were all scheduled to appear, only Ferrante would make his way to the event, something he didn’t let go unrecognized.

“I didn’t want to be here today. I am tired. I was literally at Drake Field for like 17 hours yesterday hosting a huge community event.” Ferrante said. “But I wouldn’t say that I was running for mayor while also spending my time in a different county helping reinvigorate their city. I find it bizarre; I find it absentee, I find it disappointing.”

Ferrante was unquestionably pointing to the absence of mayoral candidate Kim Learnard, who wasn’t able to attend the event as she was at an anniversary party for a community project she leads in Newnan.

While Ferrante had plenty of shade to cast on Learnard, he also made it clear that none of his other mayoral opponents were a good fit for Peachtree City, a notion that the crowd seemed not to reciprocate.

Post 4 City Council candidate Phil Crane has run his campaign on the talking point of bringing Fiber Optic internet to all of Peachtree City, something he says will allow more residents the opportunity to work from home.

“Not only is it a good idea, but now is the time to do it,” Crane answered when asked about installing Fiber Optics in Peachtree City. “Peachtree City has the oldest water lines in Fayette County, and those are going to have to start getting replaced, so if we’re going to dig the hole, now would be the time to leverage the private sector and try and get Fiber sooner and faster.”

Most candidates made a point of the traffic problems in Peachtree City. All of the candidates said they would favor resolving the traffic predicaments, but none gave any substantive ideas or concepts for fixing the problem.

The event also allowed attendees to meet with candidates after the Q&A portion and have more in-depth conversations.

The Fayette County elections are just six days away, and there is still time to vote early. Residents can vote early until Oct. 29 at the Fayette County Elections Office, the Peachtree City Library and the Tyrone Recreation Office.


By Michael Cuneo

Michael Cuneo is a news and sports reporter for the Fayette County News. Michael graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Journalism in 2020. In his off time, Michael enjoys torturing himself as an Atlanta Falcons fan. Follow Michael on twitter @michaelcune