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Stockbridge City Council At Large (Pick 2) {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

The councilmember proposes bills, holds votes, and passes laws to help govern the city.
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    LaKeisha Gantt Attorney

  • Cherice Hollis

  • David Le'Gall

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    Alphonso Thomas Retired

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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?

I have eight years of Government experience. Prior to getting elected as a City councilwoman in 2014, I was the first Board of Ethics Chair for the City, and thereafter was appointed the Solicitor of the City of Stockbridge. In 2014, I immediately began to role up my sleeves and began drafting Ordinances to reflect the current 21st Century checks and balances. I am also proud to have spearheaded the updating of our City Charter. This helped to reduce conflicting roles and litigation. Serving the community is so rewarding. I love to Serve my community! There is nothing more exciting then to help revitalize areas and works towards a quality live, work, and play environment. I am vested within this community for my two beautiful daughters, my neighbors, and my friends. I want the very best for the City of Stockbridge, I believe simply that in order to be the best you have to put in the work!
For the Past four years I have been the Finance Chair for the City of Stockbridge. before I was elected, the budget was completed on an Excel Spreadsheet, and we had not had an audit in two or three years. I am proud to say that during my tenure We are now up to date with 21st Century Accounting Software, we are in Great financial shape, and we have a balanced budget. The City of Stockbridge does not have a City Tax which is rare. I have and I will continue to be financially physically responsible. Our Budget process is one of which is open to the public and we are 100% transparent on what we spend. We have some wonderful things going on Stockbridge an I am proud of the financial shape that we are in.
As the Former Board of Ethics Chair, Ethics and transparency is a must! We have a policy within the City of Stockbridge Mayor and Council, and we don't accept gifts from lobbyist. We believe in making sure that businesses all have the same opportunity to work with the city by submitting their proposals through RFPs.
Legal Permanent Residents and Naturalized citizens should be treated the same as any other citizen. Equality is key. Economic Development is a extremely important for the Quality of Life (live, work, and play) environment in the City of Stockbridge. As a member of the Downtown Development Authority Board and Council, it is my goal to streamline easy startup processes for small businesses , as well as, help promote the business within our community, by providing grants, revolving loans, and business enhancement courses through our Stockbridge Business Association.
Climate change is a reality. Although the city can works towards Cleaner air by promoting Going Green (using energy efficient equipment, creating more walking trails, bike parking, etc.) It is a known fact that the largest challenge is that most goals can only be achieved alongside an enabling state and national policy framework. Therefore, we would need to collaborate and communicate on both a national and sate policy level to implement incentives to ensure that city level initiatives have sufficient resources to achieve their goals. City Officials can do their part by spreading the word, and begin working together on a Go Green campaign.
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Campaign Phone (678) 973-5918
My experience spans over 35 years as both a public servant and public official. I was elected to the Stockbridge city council in 2011 and also served 2 years as Mayor Pro-Tem. As a member of the city council, I sponsored and supported various legislative policies that enhanced the efficiency of city operations and policies that impacted the quality of life for citizens of Stockbridge. During my tenure as an elected official, I earned over 120 classroom hours of training from the Georgia Municipal Association and the Robert E. Knox Leadership Institute and was awarded the Certificate of Excellence. Also, I am President of the Stockbridge Civic Association, a local non-profit organization that has served the community for many years.
The biggest budget issue facing the city of Stockbridge is the uncertainty of the deannexation of Eagles Landing. This will have an adverse impact on the city's financial outlook for the future. The proposed new city of Eagles Landing would deannex 3,136 parcels from the city of Stockbridge. (Ga. Senate Bills- 262 and 263 introduced by State Senator Rick Jeffares R- McDonough - District 17) SB-262 will change the Stockbridge Map by Subtracting properties. I will, along with other residents of Stockbridge and the city council will continue to advocate against the deannexation of Eagles Landing.
As an elected official in the city of Stockbridge, I would support a bill that will ban lobbyists from giving gifts to elected officials. Ethical behavior of elected officials and city employees should reflect key moral principles of decent conduct. Behavior demonstrates fundamental principles that includes honesty, fairness, diversity, equality and individual rights. Every municipality should have a code of behavior for elected officials and city employees. The Ethnics Handbook should be required reading and signed. Any violations shall be heard by the Ethnics Board. Transparency in the city of Stockbridge gives citizens the rights to examine the decision making process and the obligation to share information. As an elected official, I will ensure openness, honesty, and accountability.
Small businesses owned by foreign born entrepreneurs account for nearly $1 trillion of the U.S. economy. The city Stockbridge welcome all respectable business owners and has an open door policy encouraging small businesses to locate in the city of Stockbridge. The city will hire on staff multilingual employees for smooth translations.
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