The polling firm Insider Advantage Georgia said former Sandy Springs city councilman Rusty Paul leads the race to become Sandy Springs next mayor, but found the District 6 race lacks a clear front runner.

“Only two races in that city appear competitive or draw any interest,” a statement from Insider Advantage says. “The race for mayor drew interest primarily because it is the top spot up for grabs this year. But that race is not really competitive, with former GOP Chairman Rusty Paul holding a substantial lead over his opponent Bob Brown. The survey of 439 registered voters was conducted by phone the evening of October 10 and is weighted for age race and gender. The results were: Paul-46 percent, Brown 5 percent, undecided 49 percent.

“In the only other competitive race in Sandy Springs, that for Sandy Springs City Council district 6, the results are: Patty Berkovitz-24 percent, John Stoj-23 percent, Andy Bauman-18 percent, Jennifer Steele-4 percent, and undecided 30 percent.”

Elections are Nov. 5. If neither candidate can draw more than 50 percent of the vote in District 6, the race will likely be decided in a runoff election.

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011-2014. He is the founder and editor of