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Opelika City Council Ward 1

The Opelika city council is the legislative body of the city. It passes laws and ordinances, and creates citywide policy. The city council is made up of five members, chosen for four-year terms each from one of five districts.Opelika City Council members elected in 2020 will be paid an annual stipend of $13,200.

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  • George "Billy" Allen

  • Jamie Lowe

Biographical Information

What is your occupation?

Being a leader can be difficult. Share a situation where your leadership was tested and you had to make a tough decision.

What will be your top three priorities as an elected public servant? How will you work towards achieving results in those areas?

Describe at least one situation that you were involved in where transparency and accountability were lacking.

Opportunities exist for Opelika to be a leader in sustainable/green initiatives. What plans do you have, if any, to lead Opelika in a more sustainable direction?

What are your plans for green space and recreational opportunities in the city of Opelika?

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity serves as a vital resource for building unity, equity, and inclusion in the Auburn University community. Do you believe that the City of Opelika needs a similar group?

The pandemic has been hard on locally-owned businesses. How can the city assist these businesses? How should the city encourage and incentivize minority and women-owned businesses to move here and assist all businesses in weathering the pandemic?

As Mayor or council member, you will have approval authority of the city school board. What qualities are you looking for in a school board member?

What do you think of the city's response to COVID-19? If you are elected, what is your plan to protect Opelika residents and visitors?

COVID-19 has highlighted the benefits of streaming public meetings online. If elected, will you commit to live streaming public meetings?

Opelika Main Street recently hired consultants to give recommendations about downtown Opelika. What do you think are the most important results of the consultation?

Are in you in favor of downsizing the local police budget and reallocating resources and money to other social service programs in the city?

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