Lynn Deutsch

Lynn Deutsch.

Occupation: City Council Person, City of Dunwoody

Previous elected offices held: Dunwoody City Council Member 2011-present, Mayor Pro Tem, 2017-present.

Other community service experience: City of Dunwoody Planning Commission; multiple leadership roles at Chesnut Elementary, Dunwoody Elementary, Peachtree Middle and Dunwoody High Schools; North Springs Womens Club; Dunwoody Homeowners Association.

What is motivating you to run for this office?

Since our founding, Dunwoody has established an outstanding police department, completed many infrastructure projects and started building a park system. However, many “Dunwoodians” have told me something is missing. They believe in my vision of a more vibrant, community friendly city that serves all our citizens. I am the type of leader who listens to my constituents, is responsive and flexible as demands change, and able to collaborate in order to accomplish our goals. I am motivated to turn a vision of a great city into reality by building on our successes and taking advantage of our opportunities.

What is the biggest issue facing the district and how will you address it?

Decisions made by outside agencies like DCSD and GDOT have major impacts on our residents’ quality of life. As mayor, I will be a strong advocate for Dunwoody. I don’t take “no” or “we don’t do that” responses lightly. I am already working with legislators, neighboring cities and GDOT to mitigate the impacts of the I-285 managed lanes. For over 20 years, I have advocated for an improved school system. DCSD has avoided accountability by pitting parent against parent, school against school, and south DeKalb against north DeKalb. As mayor, I will unify county leaders to demand better for students.

What is the city’s role in such projects as multiuse path networks and arts centers, and how would you pay for them?

The city has primary responsibility for the creation of multiuse paths networks. My plan is for residents to be able to walk or cycle on a network of trails crossing Dunwoody and connecting communities. Using city funds, funds from partners like the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts and the county, and revenue from the hotel-motel tax, I will make expanding our path network a priority. Dunwoody is fortunate to have tremendous nonprofit partners providing residents and visitors arts and cultural opportunities. As mayor, I will continue to support these organizations as they offer programs for our residents and visitors alike.

How would your administration be similar to, or different from, that of current Mayor Denis Shortal?

My vision for Dunwoody extends beyond the basics. We must do more than paving, parks and police to satisfy our residents’ needs. Like Mayor Shortal, I will demand we continue to be fiscally responsible and meet the highest ethical standards. As mayor, I intend to make the city government accessible to all. I will have scheduled office hours so I am available to all citizens. Public input meetings will be held at a variety of times and places. I will encourage citizens of all backgrounds to become involved so that the city’s volunteer leadership reflects our entire community.

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