Rebecca Springer is a 19-year Dunwoody resident and a mother of three who says she feels like the time in her life is right to run for City Council.
Springer said she will run for the Post 4 (District 1 at-large) position, which is currently held by Councilman Terry Nall.
“I’d love to see Dunwoody get to like a downtown Roswell or the Marietta Square,” she said. “That’s a reasonable thing to shoot for.”
Part of the reason she said she chose to run at-large is because she supports the candidate running for the Post 1 (District 1 local) seat, Pam Tallmadge. Tallmadge announced she would run for the seat vacated when Councilman Denis Shortal put in his bid for mayor.
The fact that Tallmadge, who has operated the Dunwoody Homeowners Association Fourth of July parade for many years, is running motivated Springer to run as well, she said. She added that she knows people all over the community and believes she has a better chance of earning votes throughout the city rather than solely in her district.
The three “initiatives” Springer said she wishes to focus on include expanding the police presence, adding more sidewalks in the community and bringing more small business to Dunwoody.
She said her neighborhood of Redfield experiences what seems to her like a rash of break-ins about once a month. Through serving as a city council member, she hopes to communicate more closely with the police chief and city staff.
“I know the police chief is busy, but in running for office I might have a better chance to find out what his needs are. In Dunwoody we love and appreciate our police,” she said.
Springer said she wants to expand on those good relations.
“I envision a Mayberry, where everybody knows each other and people can walk safely without worrying about getting abducted,” she said, adding a friend’s child was nearly abducted near Wyntergreen. “I know that sounds old-fashioned and I want to be modern.”
That many of the neighborhoods in Dunwoody were built in the 1970s without sidewalks, concerns Springer. People who have children in schools that are less than a mile away have to send their children to school by foot, bike or in a carpool, and Springer said she wants people to feel safe with sidewalks as part of the infrastructure.
“There is also a large Jewish population walking to synagogue on Saturdays and they shouldn’t have to walk in the street,” she said.
Thinking “outside the box” about bringing small business to Dunwoody is the third initiative of Springer’s campaign. She said she would reach out during an annual convention of the Georgia Restaurant Association to invite business and promote Dunwoody.