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Atlanta City Council Member, District 8

The councilmember proposes bills, holds votes, and passes laws to help govern the city.
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What experience do you bring to the job to set policy for your city and what is your motivation to serve?

What, in your opinion, is the biggest budget issue facing your city and how, if elected would you propose to address it?

How should your city address the issues of lobbyist gifts, ethical behavior, and transparency in government?

Legal Permanent Residents and naturalized citizens contribute over a billion dollars in state and local taxes each year. How will you help ensure your city is a welcoming place for foreign born entrepreneurs and their families?

Cities across the country are embracing aggressive goals to reduce carbon pollution. What do you believe your municipality should do to support cleaner air?

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I live and work in Atlanta and am passionate about helping my community be the best it can be. I have a long track record of public service with the Chastain Park Conservancy, and am running because I can have a positive impact on District 8 and all Atlanta. I am the choice for District 8 because I have experience that matters - experience as a financial steward, experience listening to neighbors and experience working with the City - and a proven track record of getting things done for District 8. I am currently the Chief Financial Officer of Wahoo Fitness, a tech-fitness company in Atlanta. As CFO, I am responsible for developing budgets, managing investments and liabilities, transparent financial reporting and properly structuring financing. Prior to Wahoo, I was a Vice President at Cox Enterprises, where I managed hundreds of millions of dollars in employee compensation, healthcare and pension expenses. As co-founder and President of the Chastain Park Conservancy, I have 15 years’ experience listening to neighbors, working in partnership with City department heads and a demonstrated track record of bringing together the City, business and non-profit communities to get things done for District 8.
I’ve spoken with many people throughout the district. I’ve had meet and greets, attended neighborhood meetings, hosted a survey, taken calls, knocked on doors and read emails. What I’ve consistently heard is security is the number one issue. Atlanta must have: • The right number of officers: Reaching our goal of 2,000 police officers is essential. I’ll help Atlanta there through my HR experience. • With the right tools: Including the latest technology. As a tech exec, I’ll build on our camera and license-plate-reader program. In the right places: I’ll ask the chief to re-examine officer zone deployment and zone configuration.
We must immediately strengthen the oversight the independent ethics board exercises. Anyone disqualified from bidding in another jurisdiction should not bid for city contracts here, and we should regularly examine available databases to discover overlapping interests linking our employees and bidders. Even in emergencies, oversight of major purchasing decisions is essential. Full – not token – financial disclosures should be a prerequisite to employment in our procurement offices. Put everything online in real time. It’s how we must operate going forward.
Atlanta, and the United States, have a long history of welcoming people of all nations and integrating them into our society. My grandfather, an immigrant from Germany who came through Ellis Island, was one of those people. I am committed to continuing our great tradition of embracing others and having a transparent process to legally welcoming people from outside the US who want to live and contribute to this great nation.
I am green and am committed to reducing our impact on the earth through conservation and use of renewable energy. And we can do this in a way that has a positive financial return. I know, as I built my house to LEED certification standards and am reaping the financial rewards each month. I will support similar initiatives at the City that are good for our environment and are good for taxpayers' pocketbooks.
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