Adela Yelton decides against seeking second term on Avondale City CommissionAdela Yelton. Photo provided to Decaturish
The Avondale Estates City Commission will have elections this year, and one incumbent commissioner says she doesn’t plan to seek a second term.
Adela Yelton announced today, May 7, that she won’t be on the ballot on Nov. 5. Avondale will have two commission seats on the ballot this year, including Yelton’s. The mayor will also be up for reelection. Incumbent Mayor Jonathan Elmore says he plans to run again. Brian Fisher, another commissioner who could run for reelection this year, was not immediately available for comment.
Qualifying to run won’t occur until August.
“I make this announcement now to allow other qualified, forward-thinking candidates who love our community to proactively prepare for the election in the Fall,” Yelton said. “In the meantime, I will focus on doing my best to work toward the goals of the BOMC in my remaining time as Commissioner.”
Yelton was first elected in 2015.
Here is her full statement:
Serving the City of Avondale Estates has been an amazing opportunity for me to get to know neighbors and help make a positive impact in the community. I am very proud to have been part of this very hard-working Avondale Estates Board of Mayor and Commissioners (BOMC) – we have built relationships and lay the groundwork for expertise, professionalism and progress in moving this city forward toward growth and long-term sustainability.
I have decided not to seek re-election as Commissioner this year. I make this announcement now to allow other qualified, forward-thinking candidates who love our community to proactively prepare for the election in the Fall. In the meantime, I will focus on doing my best to work toward the goals of the BOMC in my remaining time as Commissioner.
I have learned so much and want to express my gratefulness to those who have supported my work and who demonstrate time and time again how much they care about this place we choose to call home. Although everyone doesn’t always agree in Avondale, when folks come together for the July 4 parade, the holiday tree lighting, or to mourn a community member we’ve lost, friendship and neighborliness always wins.
After my term, I will continue to celebrate the community in my words, thoughts, and actions and will look forward to supporting leaders who embrace the values of openness, respect, and kindness in their work.
– Adela Yelton