John Park

Occupation: Software Engineer

Elective offices held: None.

Community service experience: Organizer of the Atlanta SoccerFest; Friends of DeKalb Animals; founded and manage Nuesoft FC, a three-team club in the Atlanta District Amateur Soccer League.

Why should the voters choose you for this position?

I want for us as a community to find the right balance between home building and retaining the natural beauty of our district. This includes responsible development, preserving the tree canopy, and improving the great parks in our neighborhood. I’ve gotten out and listened to my neighbors and I believe I will bring independent representation to district 2 as I do not have any inherent conflicts of interest as a developer or homebuilder.

What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent?

Finding the right balance between growth and maintaining the livability and natural beauty of our neighborhood. As our city matures we have an opportunity to bring everyone together with a common goal of building the best community for each of us and our children. I will reach out to all the stakeholders; neighbors, developers, and business owners to discuss these issues before all major planning and zoning decisions are made.

What’s the first thing you hope to accomplish after taking office?

I will put forward a proposal to terminate Brookhaven’s outside counsel who has charged us over $300,000 working on the Pink Pony litigation. $300,000 is one fifth of the entire Parks Budget this year.

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.