Sandy Springs City Councilmember Gabriel Sterling has entered the race for chairman of the Fulton County Commission.
Sterling would run for the seat currently held by John Eaves, who recently announced he would resign to run for mayor of Atlanta.
Eaves’ successor will be chosen in a special election that’s likely to occur in November.
Sterling has served on the Sandy Springs City Council for six years.
He also owns a small business, consulting firm SSH, Inc. He’s vice chair of the Sandy Springs Development Authority and is a board member of the Phoenix Patriot Foundation, which works with veterans wounded post-9/11.
“I’ve spent most of my life working to bring conservative, effective government to all parts of Georgia,” Sterling said in his announcement. “There’s a real opportunity to build on the effective reforms that have been led by the three Republican Commissioners, Ellis, Morris, and Hausmann – this chance to make meaningful change for all of the people Fulton is too important to ignore.”
Sterling is pledging to reduce the size of county government now that most of Fulton county is incorporated into cities.
“With nearly all of Fulton County incorporated into cities, now is the time to rightsize our Fulton government, reduce spending, cut taxes, and focus on the core responsibilities of the county,” Sterling said. “We can enhance the quality of life for everyone who lives, works, prays, and plays here.”
Sandy Springs, which incorporated in 2005 and heralded the movement to create new cities in metro Atlanta, is known for its unique model of government which outsources most functions to private contractors.
“Sandy Springs is run efficiently, providing quality, responsive service, and I want to see that kind of smart government and competition brought to bear in Fulton County,” Sterling stated. “We can’t afford to go back to the dysfunction and divisiveness that defined Fulton for so long. We need fresh ideas like we’ve implemented in Sandy Springs and a steady hand in the Chairmanship. I think my record shows that I can help lead this large and diverse county successfully.”