Our City. Our Voice. Our Future
When South Fulton residents voted to incorporate the new city of South Fulton, we positioned ourselves to develop the power, influence and resources to get the things we need and deserve to ensure we can live, work, play and raise our children in a vibrant, healthy, and safe community.
As Fulton’s newest city, South Fulton still needs business revenue in order to reduce the burden on homeowners, increased economic development opportunities so we can spend our money at-home, professionalism and productivity of city leadership and staff, and a community development strategy to make our city functional, comfortable, neighborly, beautiful, interesting, fun, and attractive.
As your City Council, it is My VISION to advocate for an economically and fiscally sound city that is a safe haven for youth, families, and seniors. My PASSION will be as your City Council to represent OUR city and OUR interests with an open ear for to your concerns and willingness to work HARD for you.My SERVICE would entail my experience in working in local government and building successful partnerships between municipalities and the community.
I’m looking forward to connecting with my neighbors in all parts of the city and building a winning campaign over the next ten weeks.
I need your help, support, prayers and most of all your vote on March 21, 2017!
A Public Safety Plan
Now more than ever, Public Safety is at the top of mind for all residents living in South Fulton. The recent incidents such as the slider crimes, increased gang activity (yes in South Fulton), vehicle theft, and other property crimes has left our communities on edge. I have heard a number of concerns from constituents and business owners from (1) slow response times, (2) lack of police visibility, (3) very impersonal staff, and (4) not enough police and firefighters across the City. Frankly honest, we are scared. As taxpayers, we feel abandoned. It is time we take our community back. And I know we can do it and here’s how:
- Utilize the surplus budget that we will have with the incorporation of the new city to recruit, hire, and retain public safety officers and staff for the district. We will need about 28 dedicated police offers per district and about 30 firefighters.
- Focus on building a robust community policing program to spread across the districts to increase visibility in our neighborhoods, more personalized and unique services such as Communities in Schools, Bike Patrols, Neighborhood Beats, etc.
- Establish a Citizen Police Academy Program training citizens to work with Community officers on misdemeanor crimes.
- Improve community relations between our neighbors and officers, offering cultural and sensitivity workshops and training to calm the lack of understanding between our officers and communities. We need to focus on trust, training, and uniting for South Fulton.
- Focus on building a dedicated South Fulton gang task force to include community advocates, concerned citizens, and organizations to work together to provide realistic solutions.
- Implement curfew policies for our youth, loitering policies for businesses, and light up our district to increase visibility.
I have experience in economic development and the expertise in driving viable business development that stimulates growth for our new city. My goal is to implement a robust economic and community development plan that will allow our new city to receive the resources that are vital to our longevity. As a community servant, I feel I am the most qualified to connect with diverse communities to develop real solutions to the challenges we face in our district. Here’s what I plan to do:
- Create an incentive program that encourages businesses/vendors to hire South Fulton residents.
- Partner with the Areotropolis movement to increase business revenues coming into our new city, along with collaborating with the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce to rebrand our city and help stimulate growth of successful local businesses choosing our city as their home.
- Facilitate the City of South Fulton to join the “Clean Green City” movement to stimulate economic development thus bringing jobs for sustainable development. We must clean up Fulton Industrial to attract businesses.
- Develop a local preference policy that would give South Fulton businesses and residents an advantage when bidding on projects in the City.
- Develop support programs for entrepreneurs trying to start a business in the City of South Fulton, eliminating red for setting up, and streamlining the permitting process.
- Introduce Empowerment Zone (EZ), Enterprise Community (EC) Initiatives sought to reduce unemployment and generate economic growth through the designation of Federal tax incentives and award of grants to distressed communities.
- Create a business incubation program, in partnership with one of the local movies studios, would support growth of small business in the film and television industry.
- Support or expand existing CIP (Capital Improvement Projects) to increase the beauty, functionality, and safety of our city.
- Making sure our City focuses on securing grant programs and transportation funds to pay for sidewalks, walking trails, bike trails, widening of Butner Road, adding additional street lights to improve the quality of life of all residents in the City of South Fulton.
Quality of Life
As you get to know me as your candidate for District 2 for the City of South Fulton, you will know that I will work tirelessly for our seniors and our youth. They all hold a special place in my heart. In District 2, we have a lot of seniors who are aging in place in their homes, and we have a lot of youth who need programs and activities to keep them busy. My goal is to make sure that all aspects of the community are touched. Here are some of my ideas:
For Our Seniors
The Fabric of Our City
- I will push and advocate for a senior feasibility study to see if we can get a state of the art senior center or dedicated recreation center in our district.
- I will ensure that I host regular town hall meetings, send out timely correspondence, quarterly newsletters for constituents to stay abreast of issues that are happening in the district.
- Allocated budget and funding towards senior programs and services.
- I will advocate for services for the use of Title III state and federal funds for our aging population.
- Implement policies protecting our COSF senior homeowners by grandfathering in their Homestead Exemptions and developing tax exemption programs.
For Our Youth
The Heartbeat of Our City
- Work on improving our existing parks and recreation center. Upgrading Cliftondale Recreation Center with better amenities to support athletics with our youth.
- I would love to see a state of the art recreational facility located in our district. We have plenty of land in District 2. We can have a center with improved football, soccer, baseball fields. We can have great tennis courts, basketball courts, walking trails, swimming pools, etc. (Ideally located by Wes Stubbs)
- Develop a Junior and Youth Leadership Academy by partnering with Westlake High School, Stonewall Tell and Cliftondale Elementary students, staff, and the parents. The Youth Academy will focus on mentorship, career and job readiness, college preparation, teen employment programs, overall leadership and community advocacy. This is a school year program to include a summer stipend program, with students graduating from the program their senior year of high school. This will increase graduation rates and promote self-development.
- Develop a Partnership Program with Schools and Local Businesses to help disadvantage students with unforeseen costs, provide business mentorship and internship placement (paid or unpaid).