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Atlanta City Council District 12

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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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Campaign Phone (470) 263-0483
My motivation to serve is from being homeless as a child and knowing that it's so many people in Atlanta without a voice and their lives could be better with selfless ambitions from those in politics. The experience I bring is from my life experiences of being humble and wanting us all to succeed and that's one of the reasons why I propose that every city council person give half of their salary towards helping their district.
The biggest budget issue facing Atlanta in my opinion is for our schools and once I'm elected I will handle it by bringing in more money with our artists and entertainment industries. If the hurricanes have not taught us anything else they taught us that people are willing to give to help others and who else could be a better investment than our kids and schools because they are our future. So, what I am going to do is have more fundraisers and bring in more money for our schools.
I feel our city should address the issue of lobbyists gifts, ethical behavior, and transparency in government by a zero tolerance and make sure that our officials are not being bride or bias in no way.
I will ensure our city is welcoming foreign born entrepreneurs and their families by personally making sure we make them feel safe and wanted because it takes us all to make our city grow and prosper and we should never make others feel unwanted.
I feel our municipality should work closer with scientists to exclude and decrease carbon pollution and to begin using more electric and solar energy.
Campaign Phone (404) 732-3533
I am the present City Council Member for district 12. I have served on Atlanta City Council for 13 years and have set numerous policies. I currently serve on the following committees: Community Development Human Service, Zoning, City Utilities, and Transportation. I have also served on Public Safety and the Committee on Council committees. I served on the board of Invest Atlanta as Vice Chair for 4 years, the Atlanta Beltline, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the board of the Georgia Municipal Association. I am also a member of the National League of Cities and serve on the board of Women in Municipal Government through the National League of cities. I am committed to making a difference in the South Side of the City of Atlanta where i reside and the City of Atlanta as a whole.
Increase our budget for more Infrastructure and blight funding. Atlanta has not upgraded our infrastructure in over 30 years. This is key as our city grows and increase economic development we must invest more funding for our streets, sidewalks, traffic grid and ADA compliance. As a Council member i have actively worked with my colleagues on funding through the Renew Atlanta project which is now bringing upgrades thru out our city and the Tsplost which will provide more funding for transportation and infrastructure improvement. However we still have a long way to go and we must continue to pursue funding on a federal, state and local level. We must also provide more funding to address dilapidated and abandon houses, trash and debris in parts of the city. I have enacted a Code Enforcement Commission to address these issues. The Commission works with all departments who's responsibility these areas fall under as well as citizens and stakeholders to assess internal problems and funding priorities. We have advocated and increased the budget in the last 4 years to 5 million dollars. However more work and funding is needed to to address education of residents, more staff and the tear down of buildings that are beyond repair.
The City of Atlanta has strong ethics and gift reporting policies. It is imperative that these policies are followed and adhered too. The city needs to assess our Transparency policy independently to determine how we can create a better check and balance process.
By lobbying to support policies such as International Entrepreneur Policy that embrace foreign investment and entrepreneurship. By continuing to support our Office of International Affairs within the City of Atlanta and expanding the relationship we have with our partners and entrepreneurs across the world.
The city of Atlanta just recently passed legislation to require that our city facilities will have clean energy ran buildings by 2025. We are now purchasing electric fleet vehicles for deployment through out the city. We have created a pilot program with commercial building owners called The Better Building Challenge to provide incentive for energy efficiency. We must continue to work with EPA and the state on a comprehensive Carbon Pollution plan. We must also lobby to keep the Clean Power Plan policy in place on a federal level that address global warming in our country and across the world.
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