Joe Houseman

Pilot for Delta Air Lines

Joe Houseman

Joe Houseman

Political experience: I was elected by the pilots Atlanta-based Delta Air Line pilots to represent the organization at the Air Line Pilots Association

Other relevant experience: Past President of the Delta Pilots Charitable Fund and current Board Member, Church of the Apostles volunteer, Former River Chase Home Owners Association board member, Delta Air Lines Flight Operations representative to the Delta Employee and Retiree Care Fund, Professionally trained Mentor to New Hire pilots at Delta Air Lines.

Q: Why are you running for this office?

A: Simple: I LOVE SANDY SPRINGS AND SANDY SPRINGS IS IN MY DNA! As a lifelong citizen of Sandy Springs with zero political ties, I have had an outpouring of friends and neighbors that share the same concerns for Sandy Springs as I do and they have asked and urge me to run for the District 3 open seat.  After much prayer, Merideth and I decided that it was my calling to seek this office.  My love and concern for the place in which I was raised is monumental!  After graduating from The Citadel, I knew the only place I wanted to live was to move right back to Sandy Springs!  My dad was retiring as a Delta Air Line Pilot and planning to sell the house I grew up in.  I approached my parents to purchase the house from them. I told them, I want to raise my family in this house and wonderful neighborhood!  Sandy Springs is a city within a forest!  Sandy Springs is a great place to work, to live, to experience life and I want to make sure it stays that way.

Q: Why should the voters choose you?

A: Simple: As a lifelong citizen of Sandy Springs I know just about everybody in District 3!  As the hometown candidate, neighbors know that they can count on me!  Merideth and I are raising our 9 year old daughter Riley Jane and 8 year old son Huntington (Hunt) in this great city within a forest, Sandy Springs!  Voters should choose me because I am and always have been vest in the good for Sandy Springs!

I want the same thing for Sandy Springs as all the other residents want and I will do everything to make that happen! I will be the watch dog for District 3 and do what is best for the citizens of District 3! I encourage neighbors to call my cell phone number anytime with their concerns, needs or thoughts.  I will work diligently and represent District 3 with a strong work ethic and clear glasses on all decisions! I have met hundreds of folks knocking on doors every day of my campaign and I can ensure that each person that I have shared their concerns with me, those concerns will be dealt with on May 25th when I am elected to the office of Sandy Springs City Council! To the mom that resides on West Spalding that wants sidewalks to walk her baby, to the hard working dad that can’t turn left out of Breakwater, to the sweet Senior Citizen that is afraid to walk on Long Island Place after it rains because her street only has one storm drain, to the bicycler in my neighborhood who wants to bike to City Center safely, to the business owner who is concerned because all of the construction, to the local neighborhood resident that has a renter next door that does not take care of their yard or property, to the man that lives on Edgewater and almost got ran over because of the speeding and no speed cushions, to the sweet couple that has lived on Heards Ferry for over 30 years and only hears and feels the effects of the blasting of construction all day long, to the resident on Riverside that used to view beautiful trees that have all been cut down, I hear you!  I am the person that will help you!  That is why voters should choose me!  I am for you!  I am your personal advocate!

Q: If elected, what’s the first thing you want to accomplish in office?

A: Establish a great working relationship with all of my peers on City Council as well as Mayor Paul!  Then get to work on all of the concerns that I listed above, as well as, the many more I will hear walking day to day door to door during my campaign!

Q: What do you see as the biggest problem facing the district?

A: Traffic, Traffic, Traffic!  The congestion of traffic is a major concern and now cut through roads are suffering!  As I stated at the Mountaire Homeowners Meeting, I will ensure that we have more police presence in our cut-through neighborhoods, get our traffic lights in sequence so folks can get to work, take their kids to school, make important meetings and run their errands!  It is my top priory to add sidewalks in every neighborhoods and add safe bike lanes all throughout District 3!   I will work with GDOT and Cobb County Officials to come up with a resolution for all the Cobb County traffic that has to go through Sandy Springs to get home.  I will make changes and not just accept things for how they are!

Q: What do you see as the biggest problem facing the city/state?

A: Traffic and economic development go hand in hand when it comes to ensuring positive growth and opportunities for our city and the state.  If we have a responsive local government that can work with our county and state officials, we can make sure we get the results we need to alleviate local traffic so that Sandy Springs continues to be the best place to raise and family, work and play.

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