Greetings from Smyrna! I’m Teri Anulewicz, and when I’m not otherwise absorbed in parenting, housewifery, and handcrafting Smyrna S***holes gear to wear at Opening Day 2017, I am serving my second term on the Smyrna City Council.
Municipal elected officials occupy a unique space. We make the decisions that impact our neighbors at a fundamental, almost primal level: trash, water, and public safety, for starters. In Georgia, most municipal elections are nonpartisan, so we are not beholden to any larger political agenda. Yet we are often bound by decisions made by the outer rings of government, particularly by our elected colleagues at the county and state levels. My state House and Senate reps, as well as all the members of the Cobb Commission who speak for Smyrna – I can’t link to one because soon we’ll have three, which will surely be super effective and won’t in the least dilute communication and collaboration between the county and the city – know that I do not hesitate to share my thoughts on pretty much anything.
I was delighted when a few years of sending snarky responses to Charlie and Mike resulted in an invitation to contribute here. I’ve also posted in the comments here as SmyrnaSAHM. I’ll do my best to offer my take on issues that range from new cities (I like to think that Georgia’s nascent cities all began a little like this), to generational and gender issues in politics (I’m an Agnes Scott alum, so, yeah…), along with any other timely issue that leads me to rant to my sweet family when I open the paper each morning.
Full disclosure time: I currently work only for the citizens of Smyrna, but prior to my glamorous life as a stay-at-home-parent and then as an elected official, I worked in public relations and public affairs for several years. I was registered as a lobbyist in Georgia and in several other states, but I primarily focused on grassroots management and alliance development between patient groups and the pharmaceutical industry.
I do not miss my days at the Georgia Capitol – to my recollection, it involved an uphill hike, always in the freezing wind, usually in high heels, from the parking lot behind the Sloppy Floyd building – but I admire the tenacity and the efforts of everyone who works there as elected legislators, staff, lobbyists, and advocates, even though I don’t always agree with their points of view. Thank you for the chance to join the fray on the front page.