Atlanta, GA, August 2: Stockbridge native Partha Chakraborty is among five candidates who qualified recently to run for the vacant mayor seat in Stockbridge. The mayor seat has been empty since former Stockbridge Mayor Tim Thompson resigned during a Dec. 15 council meeting.
Chakraborty had qualified last month as an independent candidate for District 78 in the Georgia House of Representatives, which was contingent upon getting the appropriate amount of signatures, but is now no longer listed as a candidate for that seat.
The 22-year-old is an entrepreneur and volunteers around the community. He organizes an annual kids camp in the summer, helping Indian kids get in touch with their roots.
A post on his Facebook page explained his reasons for running for mayor: “When I graduated from high school and was looking at colleges, I had one criteria: it had to far away from Stockbridge and Georgia. Because let’s be real, Stockbridge doesn’t have a lot to offer for teens and young adults. Since then I’ve lived in New Jersey, Europe, in the City of Atlanta, and have traveled to 14 different countries. Every time I experienced something different, whether it be local culture, food, sense of community, or ease of transportation, I found myself asking why can’t we have this in Stockbridge? No matter where I went or what I experienced, I always connected it back.”
“Stockbridge is my home, and I love living here but the city is not attractive for young adults and recent college graduates…yet. And that is one of the main reasons why I decided to run for Mayor of Stockbridge.”
“I want to see Stockbridge develop into a vibrant community where we can live-work-play. A place where our young adults can set up their lives and use their education and talents to start new businesses. A place we would be proud to call home.”