After 12 years on the Rome City Commission and serving as the first female mayor of Rome, incumbent Evie McNiece did not qualify this week to run for re-election in Ward Three. Earlier this year, there was much speculation as to whether McNiece would see a new term in Ward Three or move to Ward One, where she purchased a home in the Between the Rivers District. She did not make a decision to move before the May 25 deadline to move and make her residence in the new ward at least 90 days before qualifying.
In a statement released on Saturday, McNiece says her new home and her growing family lead to her decision not to run for re-election. From McNiece:
“A year ago Doug and I purchased a home Between the Rivers and also our second grandchild was born. As a result of these two events I have decided not to seek another term as a Rome City Commissioner.
“It has been an honor to represent the citizens of Rome, Georgia for the past 12 years. The confidence my fellow commissioners placed in me allowed me the opportunity to serve as the first female Mayor of Rome. My greatest pleasure though was working with the wonderful people who serve the public every day as an employee of the city of Rome. They are true assets and I will certainly miss serving with them.
“My plans now are to spend more time with my family and friends. I will continue to serve and be an advocate for our great city. The future is bright and exciting and I am looking forward to traveling on new paths!”
With McNiece out, here’s how the Nov. 5 elections shape up for the Rome City Commission:
- Ward 1: Incumbents Bill Irmscher, Milton Slack and Sundai Stevenson are seeking new terms. Challengers include Jim Bojo, Mark Cochran and Charles Love.
- Ward 3: Incumbents Bill Collins and Craig McDaniel are seeking new terms. Challengers include Bonny Askew, Jamie Palmer and J.J. Walker Seifert.