Occupation: Home Builder
Prior elective offices: None
Community service experience: Chairman of the Brookhaven Zoning Board of Appeals 2013-2014; appointee to the DeKalb County Permitting Task Force 2009-2011, board member for Citizens for North DeKalb 2011-2012, and volunteered for Brookhaven Yes in 2012. I also built the Mayfield Signature Homes Outdoor Classroom at Ashford Park Elementary School in 2008, renovated the Forest Patio Pavilion at Briarwood Park in 2013, and helped to install the 1,200-square-foot turf presentation area at the base of the new amphitheater at Ashford Park Elementary School.
Why should the voters choose you for this position?
I am the only candidate that has a proven record of community involvement and I can hit the ground running if elected. District 2 has been without representation far too long and we can’t afford to have a Councilman who needs on-the-job training. Through my previous service to Brookhaven I already have established relationships with several of the key department heads and I will be able to go to work for our district on day #1.
What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent?
The biggest issue facing the constituents of District 2 is the rapid development that has already occurred and the vast amount that is coming soon. We already have major traffic & parking issues along the Dresden corridor with the projects that are in place and more are in the pipeline. Couple that with the large number of homes that are turning over in our neighborhoods and it is clear that planning & zoning is our biggest issue. With my career experience in this area I can bring concrete improvements to our ordinance that will strengthen our codes to preserve and protect the character of our neighborhoods.
What’s the first thing you hope to accomplish after taking office?
The first thing I will do after taking office is to hold a town hall meeting for District 2. We have been without representation too long and there are many issues that have been ignored. I have spoken to over a thousand residents while going door to door during my campaign and have heard several different issues that need to be addressed. I want to meet with as many of the District 2 constituents as possible to prioritize the issues they want me to tackle first and create a resident driven plan for the future of our district.
Note: Candidates Charles P. Barry III and Bill Brown have announced publicly they are not longer seeking this seat. However, their names will appear on the ballot.