Augusta City Council At Large
The City Council is composed of eight members, one member from each of the four wards of the city and four at-large members. Councilors serve three-year terms and can only serve in that position for three consecutive terms. The City Council oversees all City government activities and establishes the legislative policies of the City, adopts and amends ordinances and local laws as necessary for proper management of the City government, provides for the exercise of all powers of local government vested in the City by Charter or State law, appropriates municipal resources and sets the tax rate for the provision of public services, and appoints qualified persons to vacancies on City Boards and Commissions.
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Harold Elliott Jr
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The issue that I am best equipped to help tackle in the city of Augusta is the opioid crisis. I would propose that the city of Augusta under go a comprehensive planning process in collaboration with the state government, nonprofits, treatment providers, people in recovery, city agencies, and other stakeholders to become a recovery ready community. A recovery ready community is built on eight pillars: prevention, treatment, harm reduction, judicial and law enforcement, housing, education, employment, and recovery support services. There is no simple solution to this complex problem but with everyone at the table, we can make an impact.
Affordable housing is also at the top of my mind. Many families are facing unprecedented financial hardships in the wake of COVID-19. Even families working full-time jobs are being pushed out of our city limits due to skyrocketing housing costs. We must work to ensure that everyone has a safe place to live.
I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii - the daughter of a soldier. I spent my early years traveling the world with my family from duty station to duty station. My father dedicated his life to serving his country. I like to believe that by running for local office, I am following in his footsteps. After my parents divorced, my mother decided to move us back to her hometown, Rockland. For the next few years, my family really struggled and when I was fourteen, we ended up homeless. My mother was desperate to find a home for us and the only place that we could afford at that time was here in Augusta. Augusta took us in when no one else would and I will be forever grateful for that. Since that time, I have chosen Augusta as my home. Both my sons have been born here and attended school here. I graduated from undergrad here and my partner has lived here his whole life. I see service on the city council as a way to give back to a community that has given me so much.
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