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Clarkston City Council Special election

The councilmember proposes bills, holds votes, and passes laws to help govern the city.
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    Andrea Cervone Communications Director

  • Warren Hadlock

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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've spent close to seven years working in communications and marketing for nonprofits and campaigns all over Georgia. For the last five years, my focus has specifically been on child policy and advocacy. I love Clarkston, I chose to live here and buy my home in this community because I think this town represents the best of what America has to offer. The role of a good government is to be transparent and inclusive, and I'm running in the Clarkston city council special election because I think we can, and need to do better. I believe I can use my marketing and communications experience to modernize the cities outreach and engagement efforts with our residents.
To me, the biggest budget issue Clarkston faces is centered around a lack of community-oriented programs. One prominent example is around the petty-crime that happens every week in this city. The vast majority of the petty-crimes committed in Clarkston are committed by youth. As someone who has spent years working in the child policy and advocacy realm, I know the data, and it clearly shows that when juveniles have nowhere to go and nothing to do during their out-of-school time, that's when problems can arise. This is not a problem unique to Clarkston, but it is one we have failed to address. By building in city funding for programs like a police athletic league, or a city beautification collective, or even an afterschool program at our local community center, I believe we could have a real impact on some of these issues.
Candidates and elected officials should not accept gifts from anyone doing business with the city. We should strive to become a certified City of Ethics by the Georgia Municipal Association. Creating more a more open line of communication between residents and their elected officials will also help hold those officials accountable to the people they represent, and thereby help create a more transparent city government.
We should create a participatory budget for sales tax-funded projects so that all residents who pay that tax will have a voice in how their money gets spent. Clarkston is a welcoming city, but we can always do better, we need to increase our communication with our newcomers so they feel welcome and understand their new community. Specifically, I think we should create community-oriented programs like a civics 101 course aimed at teaching foreign-born entrepreneurs or new American residents how their local government functions and how it can work for them, business lunch and learns aimed at helping these entrepreneurs understand how to create a marketable and sustainable business in this new environment, and a city-backed civic entrepreneur fellowship that lifts up local civic and social entrepreneurs who have ideas for start-ups that could help transform the way the city does business. We could also decrease barriers for these newcomers by translating more of our materials into the most common six languages spoken in Clarkston.
I believe Clarkston should not only support cleaner air but that we should support any measures that will help create a more sustainable future for our community. So far, Atlanta has been the only city in Georgia to commit to transitioning to 100% clean energy by 2050. I believe Clarkston pass the same resolution and then take steps to ensure smart, sustainable, green development is implemented across the city by creating incentives for contractors to build LEAD certified and solar certified buildings. There are also small, but meaningful steps our city can take to create a cleaner, greener community, such as allowing residents to chose to "opt-in" to services like compost wheels through an enterprise fund.
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