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Atlanta Council Member, District 3

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

Campaign Phone (404) 759-8650
I’m a business man, home grown in this community. I’m a long-time servant with a track record of developing the potential and capacity of individuals and families. The hands-on experience of helping others to work and move up the social ladder; living without fear from those trapped in a cycle of desperate living; leading in the engagement of mentors to erase illegal trafficking of both people and drugs; growing my community with new home owners while protecting the investments of the aging homesteaders who built the community; growing smart density for working people. I, in my one organic staffing business, have fought unfair policy and political odds to prepare for work, find work and put people to work by the hundreds. That’s a fundamental prerequisite for Westside communities.

From the standpoint of Atlanta’s 3rd District, the top budget issue may not be a line item at all. In the minds and lives of the people I have served for so many years, the issue is “political will.” You cannot convince the good devoted citizens of my community to engage in techno speak about budgets as they walk in the shadow of billions of dollars being spent and a skyline that competes with any other metroplex in the world. To them, Atlanta looks like a lot of money that seems somehow unable to find enough of its way to them.
It’s simple, an absolute no tolerance policy. It’s what the people have been calling for. I don’t see the debate. I just see the need for leadership to keep pounding for what the people call for.
Atlanta should expand on that part of its marketing brand of being an International City. We should grow our ideas of highlighting our international community as being of distinct value; “for us” and “with us.” We should explore expanding to more “Sister-City” relationships in strategic ways that adopt the economic and commercial vision of specific community areas. Thereby exposing more of our young people and our universe of goodwill advocacy to much more of the rich experience of other world regions, cultures and innovations.
We should open the conversation with its detail to a wider range of community leaders along with the business and corporate community. This topic easily gets mired in a pitting of side against each other. Responsible, effective leadership understands how to commune contending views into intelligent concessions for common ends. I feel we can do more with highlighting alternative modes of travel and I think we can do more to envelope more people into understanding the fun and interesting side of these thought innovations.
Campaign Phone (678) 837-2448
As a fourth-generation Atlantan, I want to use my qualifications to shape public policy for the 5th and 6th generation of my family, and other families in the Atlanta region. I would like us to be more proactive on issues like transportation, affordable housing, and equity. My qualifications to serve extends through my diverse experiences as a leader in municipal government, Atlanta’s civic community, and areas of service over the years. As a public administrator, I have had the opportunity to serve within six municipalities in three states, leading multi-million dollar enterprise operations in two of them—making decisions that impact citizens every day. This direct experience with 30+ elected officials, city and county executives, industry and community leaders, has afforded me the insight to help navigate through difficult policy and issues impacting our community. Serving as the vice-chair for a charter school, chair of a local workforce development collaborative through Atlanta Public Schools, and other professional roles in fundraising and community engagement have allowed me to stay connected to the work that needs to be done. My qualifications also extend to other proactive capacities and opportunities such as being a member of the alumni base and/or participant in the United Way V.I.P. Program, Outstanding Atlanta, LEAD Atlanta, New Leaders Council, ARC Education Task Force, ARC Millennial Advisory Panel and the Metro Chamber ATLeaders committee.
Our biggest budget issue is how we, as policy makers, decide on managing our long-term obligations to personnel and infrastructure, while effectively balancing the needs for day-to-day service delivery in an equitable fashion. Along with this priority, we must be very proactive in how we manage uncertain economic times—while the city has a strong credit rating and access to reserves. Our commitment to quality of life issues and levels of service from neighborhood to neighborhood must be approached by looking beyond fiscal year to fiscal year, but multi-year budgeting and plans that feed into the needs of our constituents and employees. I believe that this can be achieved by taking a more accountable approach to managing our budget throughout the fiscal year, whereas the city council is consistently engaged in how the city is managing its resources. Additionally, I’d like to see our budget preparation process extended for more community engagement opportunities at the NPU and neighborhood level.
Elected officials should be completely transparent about their actions related to leading the city and working with stakeholders to get things done. There should be full disclosure of conflicts of interest and they should be communicated clearly to the public. Any lobbyist activities should be fully documented and reviewed regularly by the Ethics Officer and audited frequently. Additionally, I believe that ethical policies, procedures, and practices should be overly communicated to those doing business with the city, or interested in doing business with the city, to create a culture that completely rejects unethical actions from all parties involved. Lastly, I would like to discover more ways the public can be involved in the solution to this issue--empowering people to keep our systems of governance accountable.
The city must do a better job of collectively building a better relationship with this population, and other populations with specific needs and issues of concern. We must make it known that Atlanta is a welcoming, global city, and that starts with the relationship and respect that we all should have of each other. This is an intergovernmental issue that we must work with other municipalities on, our state delegation, and our congressional representatives that represent us in Washington D.C. as well. At the municipal level, I believe that the city council should enact resolutions that state our position on matters of necessary advocacy impacting our constituents. I also believe that on the municipal level, for parameters within our control, we should work with communities to understand their concerns to enact policies that are inclusive, and not divisive to our community.
While the city has taken great strides in sustainability, I believe we can continue to not just be a leader in the municipal space, we can double-down on that commitment through our procurement policies, fleet and fleet maintenance decisions, and our approach to renovating and updating our own facilities. Our goal should be to accurately assess where we are so that we as a city can set our goals, and determine how far we exceeded those goals, or fell short of them, to make better sustainability decisions. I would like to see transformative public-private partnerships that lead the way to how all development should be focused on sustainability going forward. Especially in district 3, several plans call for the additional construction and development of certain areas. We can proactively make sure that all development considers sustainability as we move forward as a community and city, overall.
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