Thursday, October 29, 2015

Austin School

My position has been and remains that Austin School stays where it is currently located but let me clarify my stance with a simple statement on Austin School. I am strongly opposed to Austin School being moved outside its current neighborhood.  As Mayor I will fight hard to keep it at its current location.  But, after all options are exhausted that becomes impossible, I will work with DeKalb County Schools to consider relocating Austin to the ball fields.

In the mean time we all need to work hard with our representatives for the passage of HR 4, local control of schools, in the upcoming session of the Georgia Legislature.

Denny Shortal

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Poll Shows Shortal Ahead by Wide Margin

From the October 28, 2015 Dunwoody Crier

Dunwoody City Councilman Denis Shortal holds a commanding lead in the city’s mayor’s race, according to a poll commissioned by The Crier and conducted last week and Sunday.

Shortal has the support of 55 percent of those polled, while Mayor Mike Davis polls at 29.1 percent. Opinion Savvy’s target population was likely citywide voters and lists 431 respondents with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.

That margin of error and the 10.3 percent undecided in the poll give Davis a glimmer of hope of driving Shortal below 50 percent in the election Nov. 3 and forcing a runoff vote.

Two other candidates are in the contest, with Steve Chipka polling less than 1 percent and Chris Grivakis gaining the support of five percent.
Shortal is an original member of the new city’s council and has served as mayor pro-tem since the city’s first elections. He won re-election to council two years ago.

Davis became the city’s second mayor four years ago. In a poll for The Crier in his 2011 election battle with Bob Dallas, Davis trailed but forced a runoff and won the seat.

In the citywide, at-large race for a District 1 city council post, the incumbent, Terry Nall shows the support of 60 percent of those polled while newcomer Becky Springer garners 28 percent support. The poll shows 12.3 percent undecided.

Breaking down the Opinion Savvy numbers shows Shortal leading in all age groups, races, sexes and parties. The closest demographic group was among voters aged 45 to 64 who chose Shortal by a margin of 42 percent to 38 percent and those 30-44 who chose Shortal by 54 percent to 46 percent.
Among voters older than 65 Shortal shows a commanding lead of 66 percent to 17 percent.

A similar pattern exists in the citywide council race. Nall wins every demographic group, winning older, likely voters by huge margins. Springer does defeat Nall among self-identified Democrats 44 percent to 39 percent. The election is non-partisan.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Dunwoody Volunteer Day

Mayoral candidate Denny Shortal and a crew of civic minded citizens planting trees at Brook Run Park on Dunwoody Volunteer Day on Saturday, OCT 24, 2015. Denny started the Dunwoody Volunteer Coordination Committee in 2009 which was the sponsor of the Clean, Fix and Shine Up Dunwoody Day that is now called Dunwoody Volunteer Day. In the last three years volunteer crews have planted over 600 trees in Brook Run Park.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Busy Sunday in Dunwoody

I ran the Dunwoody Rotary's "Run Dunwoody 2015 5K Race" on Sunday morning. I used a calendar to time myself! Here I am crossing the finish line...
Denny Shortal crossing the finish line in the Run Dunwoody 5K

In the evening, I enjoyed myself at the Dunwoody Nature Center's "Autumn Friends and Donors Party."

Monday, October 5, 2015

Dunwoody Update: Voting, City Budget, Parks Plan, Safety, Campaign

1. Voter Registration … Today is the last date in DeKalb County to register to vote in the November 3, 2015 Dunwoody city elections. You can register on line at the website below anytime before 1159 PM tonight. You will need a valid GA Drivers License or GA ID. If you do not have a valid GA Drivers License or Ga ID you can still register on line and as you go thru the process you will have to enter the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. You can also register by filling out all the required forms and mailing the forms to … DeKalb County Election Supervisor, Memorial Drive Complex, 4380 Memorial Dr, Suite 300, Decatur, GA 30032-1239 … it will have to be post marked with today’s date … October 5th. The phone # for the DC Election Office is 404-298-4020.

2. Voting … What you need to know…
Absentee Voting … If there is a possibility you will be out of town on November 3rd you should vote absentee to insure you get to vote.

Ballot applications can be submitted by Fax (404-298-4038), email ( or US Mail (see the address in # 1 above) . Go to this website to get a ballot application -

Ballot will be mailed out to you starting October 12th (this is later than originally planned) … Fill it out and mailed it back to the address shown in # 1 above. You can also return it to the address shown in # 1 above in person.

Ballot must be received at the DeKalb County election office NLT 7 PM on November 3, 2015.

Early Voting in Person ….
The only location for early voting is 4380 Memorial Dr, Suite 330, Decatur, GA
Early voting starts October 12, 2015 and the hours are 8 AM to 4:30 PM on Monday through Friday only.
Last day to early vote is Friday, October 30th.

Election Day Voting … November 3 , 2015.
Voting is only at your normal local polling place … Voting hours are 7 AM to 7 PM.

3. 2016 Dunwoody City Budget … This budget can be seen on line at our Dunwoody City website … … or you can go direct to this website… The budget is a rather long document but if you look at the pages 8 - 13 and the last two pages you will have a good working knowledge of the budget. I would strongly encourage every citizen to take a close look at this budget and then contact your representative with your thoughts.

4. Parks Plan … The city is in the process of releasing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to rewrite the city parks plan. My plan is to form a Citizens Committee to rewrite the Parks Plan vs hiring a paid consultant. We can then use this money save for park enhancements. We have a lot of smart and interested citizens that can perform this task. The objective would be creating a 10 Year, Year by Year, Parks Plan to upgrade our parks. What are your thoughts?

5. Safety … We continue to have a lot of cars being broken into that are either unlocked or have valuable items in plain view. This is not only an inconvenience to the person it happens to but also takes up valuable police time that could be used by our police to patrol our city.

6. Campaign … My campaign is moving forward. I thanks each of you for your outstanding support. We have 29 days until election. I will continue to work each day to justify and earn your support. Also, mark your calendars for my “Election Night Countdown Party” at Marlow’s Tavern in Dunwoody Village starting at 7 PM.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Audio Interview with John Heneghan

Denny Shortal

I recently sat down with Dunwoody City Councilman John Heneghan for an interview. 
Please listen to the audio here: