Fresh Vision  for Future
Michaels is the second woman ever to serve as mayor of Fulton. The first one was Muriel Allerton, who served two terms, starting in 1988. Allerton died at age 93 in July 2013. Photo provided.

Fresh Vision for Future

New era in Fulton as Deana Michaels steps in as mayor By Lou Sorendo You never completely know what to expect as a parent talking to a college-aged son. Fulton mayor-elect Deana Marie Michaels found out. “The reason I ran for office is because of my son, Geoff,” she said. She was talking to him during the early phases of his college career, and he said. “Mom, I don’t have any reason to move back to Fulton when I graduate.” “As a mother, I sat there and said, ‘that’s not OK. That’s never OK. A mother wants to know that her kids are there and want to be home,” she said. During the discussion, Michaels made it a point to highlight all of the things that were good about Fulton, but also touched on the tough issues, such as potholes in the road, a lack of things to do for people her son’s age, and whether or not he would be able to find a job locally. “He looked at me and said, ‘Mom, this all sounds great, but unless you are willing to do something about it, nothing is ever going to change,’” she said. Michaels walked away from

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