There’s a long way to go between now and Aug. 30, the last day to register as a candidate for Georgia’s Nov. 5 municipal elections, but so far Buckhead’s representatives on the Atlanta City Council don’t face opposition.

City Council members have faced a variety of issues during the last four years, a time defined by a crippling recession and lowered tax revenues.

District 9 Councilwoman Felicia Moore said there are people interested in running for her council seat, but no one has officially said “yes.”

The City Council incumbents aren’t waiting around for challengers to appear, and have begun holding meetings within their districts to get a feel for what voters are thinking.

Here’s a quick refresher on the people who represent Buckhead’s interests on the Atlanta City Council.

District 6

Alex Wan

Alex Wan was first elected in 2010 and picked up a small portion of Buckhead during the recent redistricting process. He now represents Brookwood Hills located at the southern end of the Buckhead community.

According to his official biography on the city’s website, Wan grew up in Atlanta and holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s of business administration from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked in real estate and architecture. He currently works as Director of Development for Emory University Libraries, according to his bio.

He lives in Morningside.

He serves on the following committees:

City Utilities

Finance-Executive, Vice-Chair

Zoning, Vice-Chair

District 7

Howard Shook

Howard Shook was first elected in 2001. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Shook has lived in Atlanta for more than 20 years. During his time as a council member, one of Shook’s major projects has been adding more parks to District 7, the district with the fewest parks in the city. He serves on several Buckhead boards, including the Buckhead Community Improvement District.

He lives in Ridgedale Park.

Shook serves on the following committees:

City Utilities, Chairman



Community Development/Human Resources

District 8

District 8 Atlanta City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean

Yolanda Adrean was first elected in 2009. She grew up working on a family farm in upstate New York, her campaign website says. She has focused on environmental and quality-of-life issues. She worked as a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst and Young before she moved to Atlanta.

Adrean represents Chastain Park, and in her biography lists one of her accomplishments as securing additional green space for Chastain by removing the Department of Watershed Management from the park. She also has secured funding for neighborhood projects, including a playground in Loring Heights.

She lives in Mt. Paran-Northside.

She serves on the following committees:

City Utilities


Committee on Council, Chair

District 9

Felicia A. Moore, Councilmember, District 9 Atlanta City Council

Felicia Moore was first elected in 1997, making her the senior Buckhead rep on Atlanta City Council. Moore came to Atlanta from Indianapolis, Ind. Moore holds a communications degree from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.

Since joining the council she has devoted most of her time to that job, but has worked in public relations and real estate, according to a Buckhead Reporter profile of her. She’s developed a reputation as someone who will say “no” when everyone says “yes,” putting her in the minority on several issues. According to her city biography, Moore wrote a law establishing Mattie’s Call, which helps to alert the community when a mentally disabled person goes missing.

She lives in Riverside.

She serves on the following committees:

Finance-Executive, Chair

Committee on Council


Dan Whisenhunt

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