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Doraville, City Council, District 1

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

Campaign Phone (770) 457-0538
Chairman of the first Planning commission for Doraville. ARC planning academy. Specialised in zoning classes and Department of Water Shed presentations. Crafted Planning Commission by-laws. Participated in the LCC, and Comp. plan committees. Owned three successful businesses, been in charge of quality control and production control [ERP] for three factories, as well as general manager of a research and development group for Buick division General Motors. This last exhibits management experience. Am and have been a crew chief for professional and amateur road racing cars and motorcycles. This requires or demonstrats a time intensive problem identification and solving skill set.

As to why: I have a vision for what I consider to be one of the most promising properties in the Atlanta area...Doraville Ga.
Examining the process that Doraville is pursuing in the GM plant and K-mart re-developments.
Lobbyist gifts and ethical behaviour are hardly an open discussion before an election; unless folks are under indictment. A rather naive question in my opinion. Transparency on the other hand is dealt with in a number of ways. From the content of the city news letters and web-site to adherence to O.C.G.A. 50-14-1 through 5 [open meeting act, revised in 2013 by HB 397.]
Through reflective and fair, regardless of race or religion, zoning considerations during CUP hearings as well as looking at our ordinances pertaining to business types and quantities.
We are or have a LEEDS certification requirement. I have made objection at CC meeting concerning our planning departments initiative to eliminate this requirement. And will more familiarize myself with all levels of the LEEDS requirements.
Campaign Phone (404) 618-9950
I’ve been a resident of Doraville for fifty plus years. worked as the animal control department head for 25 years, and small business owner. I have spent most of my working life within and for the city I love. I’d like the opportunity to further my service to you and this community as your district 1 representative.
The city is in debt for the first time since 1871. 100's of millions in tax abatements for 30 years and junk bonds. Developments with impact or demo fees and other sweet heart deals are fueling the debt crisis. No more tax free schemes and bond deals. hire competent staff to bring in development that has their own private finance. Raise the bar in terms quality and sustainable investment.
ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY: In a time when it is needed more than ever, Doraville no longer has an Ethics Commission. The current council and mayor disbanded the committee and put a moratorium on ethics charges. I will work to return Doraville to an open and transparent government, especially in terms of monthly financial reports, bids open at public meetings, strict spending limits of our tax dollars. The level of corruption in Doraville government has grown exponentially with the 100’s of millions of dollars of shady development coming in the city. Luxury cars and swimming pools are being handed out like halloween candy. I will call for a forensic audit of the city. Also, I would have an open door policy for the people in our community.
The City of Doraville’s location has been a natural trading location for thousands of years. The foothills of the Appalachian mountains starts in Doraville and served as a trading location for the Creek and Cherokee tribes. Later settlers were attracted to this natural location of hills and streams. The energy of Buford highway is fueled by the many cultures carrying on this rich tradition. Doraville government is to serve the business and residents by doing its job of maintaining quality infrastructure and laws. The city has let the citizens and businesses down. I want to change that relationship.
I was the wildlife expert for the city for 25 years. My whole life has been dealing with environmental issues . The city has let its people down by not enforcing stream and tree ordinances. Problems with clean water and sewer have been neglected in favor of slipshod development and back door deals. Old growth forrest, wildlife and migratory animal and bird sanctuaries have been decimated. I will demand we enforce the laws of the city and state. Promote an efficient transportation system in the city not disconnect the city with fly by night schemes. I am the environmental candidate
Campaign Phone (770) 608-4047
I have over 10 years experience working in a planning department and am familiar permitting, zoning and development issues. I have served as a Doraville District 1 council member for 5 years during which we have hired our first city manager, paved streets, fixed potholes and sidewalks, invested in our parks, written a zoning code for the redevelopment of the Assembly and Nexus sites, equipped our police officers with body cameras, and did all of this with a balanced budget. My motivation to serve came from my concern with the steep decline of residential property values due to the Great Recession and the loss of jobs due to the closing of the GM Plant. My goal was to find a way to attract redevelopment and good paying jobs to Doraville. I also wanted to see our parks and sidewalks improved for all of our residents to enjoy.
One of the biggest budgetary issues facing Doraville is infrastructure funding. From our roads and sidewalks to our storm water system, Doraville needs to continue to make critical investments in infrastructure to protect our neighborhoods and attract new businesses. By applying for infrastructure grants and partnering with the private sector, the city can leverage valuable resources and reduce tax payer costs. Additionally, the upcoming referendum regarding the EHOST and transportation SPLOST can provide an additional source of funding.
During my time in office, we have addressed government transparency by making our agendas available on the city website and by streaming our council meetings for everyone to watch. I believe following the state laws regarding lobbyist gifts and ethical behavior is wise for any elected official. I would support additional ethics training for elected officials in Doraville.
As a naturalized citizen I recognize the contributions of immigrants. While on the Council I supported property maintenance codes for apartments in Doraville to ensure safe housing options. Several of our city employees speak different languages to assist our diverse population. I will continue to support similar policies for the safety and comfort of our residents.
I think the most important step Doraville can take to reduce pollution is to work with our neighboring cities, the Board of Commissioners, our State house and senate representatives to support the expansion of Marta around I285. I think the proven economic gains, such as Mercedes Benz and Allstate, of mass transit can help create jobs and reduce pollution.

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