Occupation: Trial lawyer and founder of the Linley Jones Firm, P.C.
Previous elected offices held: Brookhaven City Council, 2015-present.
Other community service experience: Spokesperson, Brookhaven Yes; Neighborhood Affairs Chair, Cambridge Park Civic Association; Officer, Souls Grown Deep Foundation; Past President, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.
What is motivating you to run for this office?
I want to continue serving the citizens of Brookhaven and following through on the city’s park plans, traffic plans and other plans created through our grassroots citizen input. Our city has come a long way in its short, 7-year existence and I want to work hard to keep the city on track and moving forward.
What is the biggest issue facing the district and how will you address it?
Encroaching development is a big issue. District 1 is a wonderful community, largely residential, with much to be protected and preserved, including our single-family residential neighborhoods, our parks, our neighborhood shopping and our natural environment. Traffic is a big issue too, and we will continue to seek and implement solutions for safe and efficient travel along our major corridors, as well as our neighborhood streets.
Should your district have more public green space, and if so, how should it be acquired?
We are very fortunate to have large parks in District 1, including Lynwood Park, Blackburn Park, Murphey Candler Park and Osborne Park. Still, we should work to acquire more green space because once it is developed, it is gone, and there are still areas without green space at all. I will continue to seek opportunities for preservation, like the Remington Road green space, which I spearheaded in 2016. Public and private partnerships, and grants, can help to fund such acquisitions.
What role, if any, should the city play in advocating for particular configurations of GDOT’s planned toll lanes along I-285?
It is important that GDOT minimize the impact of the planned toll lanes on the nearby residential areas of District 1. This includes additional lanes as well as overall configuration. The city should advocate for minimal impact and mitigation and continue to follow the plans closely in order to ensure that the city’s and citizens’ interests are conveyed and protected.