Education entrepreneur (founder of Edison Prep), former healthcare strategist
Neighborhood: Registry Glen
Past political experience: This is my first run for political office.
Other experience in community: Founder of the Sandy Springs Zoning Coalition and Keep Moving Sandy Springs
Q: Why are you running for this office?
A: I am passionate about helping our city and work daily in many unofficial capacities related to zoning and schools. After building our business these past few years, it’s now about giving back. While I already contribute each week, I would have a much greater ability to create a positive impact as your city councilman. I have no aspirations for statewide office; this office is not a stepping stone for me. If you see me at the Gold Dome, it will be for one thing: jury duty. I want to serve and give back to my community right here in Sandy Springs.
Q: Why should the voters choose you?
A: I have a proven track record of being a self-starter and have actively worked on zoning issues these past few years, earning the respect of citizens and community leaders. I’m a pragmatic optimist who finds common ground between strong-minded parties. The strategic, financial, and analytical skills I honed as a strategist would be an asset for the City Council.
The best question for candidates is this: what has been your body of work and your accomplishments during these years of great change? I already do tremendous work for the community each week in an unofficial capacity via my zoning work and the Sandy Springs Zoning Coalition.
Q: If elected, what’s the first thing you want to accomplish in office?
A: The most important item I would seek to accomplish is to ensure that our city’s Zoning Map and Land Use Plan, which is currently under revision, is done incredibly well and with the opportunity for ample public input before being finalized. This new map will set the “rules of the road” for the next 10-15 years; it is imperative that we as a city get it right if we are to achieve intentional, thoughtful growth in the coming decades.
Q: What do you see as the biggest problem facing the district you seek to represent?
A: District 3’s biggest issue in the coming 18 months is traffic. District 3 lies squarely in the crosshairs of the upcoming Braves stadium, the years-long I-285/400 project, the Riverside roundabouts, and the ongoing City Springs construction. Improperly managed, traffic can dampen residents’ and businesses’ desire to live and work here.
I am actively involved in initiatives to reduce traffic, from helping to improve re-zoning proposals to reduce density, to actively dialoguing with city officials and council members about bringing “Don’t Block the Box” enforcement to our snarled intersections. I also started the website www.keepmovingsandysprings.com, a resource for employees and employers considering creative commute options.
Q: What do you see as the biggest problem facing the city?
A: The biggest problem facing our city is achieving the right balance of smart growth. A thriving city requires safe communities, strong schools, and a thriving business base that create an environment where people can live, work, and play. While we are not ever going back to Mayberry as a city, we as a community should not rubber-stamp the current swath of proposed large developments just because they were proposed; we owe developers a fair consideration of reasonably-sized, tastefully-built structures, nothing more. Rome was not built in a day. A “measure twice, cut once” philosophy can help us achieve that smart growth.