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Atlanta Mayor

The mayor of the city is the chief executive of the city. The mayor is responsible for the administration and operation of the city as well as proposing an annual budget, and appointing city officers and commissioners.
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Biographical Information

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 have devoted myself to representing "ALL" Atlantans. As an At-Large member of City Council, I have traveled to every neighborhood within our great City of Atlanta, and I have attended hundreds of community meetings and events. The residents of Atlanta know me. I am accessible and available. Our citizens turn to me when they need help dealing with City Hall. This has kept me in touch with what really matters to our residents. I am a people’s advocate and will be a mayor for ALL of our communities. I have built a coalition of Democrats, Republicans and Independents both by gender and race. I am honored to have the support from law enforcement professionals, fire fighters, city employees, the LBGTQ community, senior citizens and voters in every age group across our city. Given the diversity of Atlanta ‘s voting population, this represents a winning political coalition. As our next Mayor, I will continue to fight for a Safe, Transparent, Prosperous and Sustainable city government. I have administrative experience as the Chief Operating Officer of a regional broadcasting company, the President of a national business association, the Principal Broker of a Georgia-based real estate firm, and the founder and developer of an internet-based computer telephony company.
The biggest budget issue is the retention of our dedicated, hard-working and outstanding law enforcement and public safety officers. I would support a targeted, community-based approach to fighting crime and making our city a safer place for everyone in every neighborhood .

My initiatives would include, but are not limited to the following: ● Increasing police pay to boost officer retention and maintain an experienced full force with high morale.

● Expanding the APD to 2000 sworn officers.

● The International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO) local Atlanta chapter has endorsed me for Mayor. The Local 623 organization represents nearly 1,200 officers of the Atlanta police department.

● Employing mentorship programs, re-entry programs, and other community-based programs to help juvenile offenders turns their lives around and reduce repeat offenses.

● As Atlanta has one of the largest human trafficking industries in America, I will work with state and federal law enforcement agencies to fight human trafficking and sex trafficking. I will also collaborate with nonprofits who help trafficking victims.

● I will utilize compulsory community service and other reform based solutions to prevent incarcerating non-violent offenders.

● I will curb recidivism through repeat offender intercession and vigorous prosecution of chronic offenders who pose a threat to our community.
Transparency has always been a mainstay of my political platform. Allowing the general public access to the city’s finances online is a simple solution by utilizing programs such as OPEN.gov. I have championed this type reporting and accountability through the legislative process. As it relates to lobbyist gifts and ethical behaviors, the City of Atlanta’s Department of Ethics already has clearly defined policies and procedures and clearly outlining prohibited sources. As lobbyist actions are already regulated by state and federal laws, I would suggest, on the municipal level, the implementation of quarterly disclosure reporting of allowable acceptations - versus the annual disclosure only - for improved reporting practices. The City of Atlanta’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs was specifically established for the purpose of facilitating relations with state and federal agencies to develop the annual legislative package, follow proposals and laws affecting the City of Atlanta, as well as, interact with registered lobbyists. We would continue that tradition of previous mayors by supporting this office.
Small, Disadvantaged, Female and Minority-owned businesses quilt the tapestry of Atlanta’s business community landscape. These entities are essential in continuing to grow diversity in the corporate, government and non-profit arenas, while driving the talent pool and creating employment. To ensure our city is a welcoming place for foreign-born entrepreneurs and their families, I will actively promote full and equal business opportunities for all persons seeking to do business with the City of Atlanta by actively supporting the continuation of Atlanta’s present Equal Business Opportunities Programming. Ultimately, our leading with ideas; implementing more inclusionary participation; mentoring skilled immigrants; collaborating with the larger business community and interacting with other small businesses are all very attainable goals that would help make Atlanta even more welcoming.
In Atlanta, electricity consumption accounts for more than 50% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). In Georgia, natural gas and coal account for two-thirds of our electricity generation. Renewable energy accounts for just over 4%. Generating a much more substantial portion of electricity from renewable energy such as solar and wind and increasing the energy efficiency of our homes and workplaces will greatly reduce the amount of GHG emissions; climate change impact; inequities in our energy system and negative health outcomes from poor air quality. Distributed renewable energy resources such as rooftop, community and cooperative solar will save communities money on utility costs and allows them to be more adaptive and resilient to climate change impacts. The distributed nature of solar and other renewables enables communities to better manage and prepare for extreme weather and climactic events if the electric grid is damaged or disconnected. I will support significant increases in clean and renewable energy sources by implementing the Climate Action Plan strategies; energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems for city buildings; expanding the residential and commercial rooftop solar markets; providing Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for residential and commercial properties, and weatherization and energy efficiency resources for low-income household and seniors. These strategies and associated GHG reductions will make Atlanta a healthier, affo

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