Stacey Harris

Stacey Harris.

Occupation: Gymnastics Director at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta

Previous elected offices held: None.

Other community service experience: I currently serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals. Previously served as President of Dunwoody Homeowners Association and Chair of Dunwoody Sustainability Commission. I’ve also served on the Dunwoody Nature Center Board, Chair of The Kingswood School Board, 4th of July Parade Committee and helped create Walk to School Day in Dunwoody.

What is motivating you to run for this office?

I truly enjoy working to make our city the best it can be. I’ve dedicated over a decade to working at every level within our community, which has given me detailed knowledge of Dunwoody and the right experience to take on our challenges as a councilperson. Dunwoody has made strides since incorporating and it is now time to prepare for the next chapter with focus on improving transportation, enhancing Dunwoody Village, cultivating relationships for the improvement of our schools and protecting and enhancing our parks and recreation. I would be honored to serve as your city councilperson.

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

I believe the biggest issue facing my district is the balance between development and its impact on our quality of life with traffic, schools and residential neighborhoods. We need to use our influence as a city to enact positive change within the school system. Focused intersection improvements will facilitate traffic flow through our city. At the same time, we have to seek sustainable, quality development that brings value to our community. A large share of our tax base stems from the business community.

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

I’m excited about the potential of new projects in Dunwoody. Before we spend money on any type of large project, we need to make sure there is demand for the project both now and in the future. Is this something we will be proud of in 10, 20, 30 years? Once we determine there is a need for a project, we can explore a variety of ways to pay for it. Paths can be paid for with funds from the Public Works budget or funds from the hotel-motel tax. For larger projects, Dunwoody citizens would need to approve a bond.

What is your vision for the future of Dunwoody Village?

There are so many opportunities for Dunwoody Village. I envision a community gathering place where one can sit in green space and enjoy time in their community with their family and friends; a place in which you can easily and safely walk to a unique shop or great restaurant, or grab a cup of coffee while running into neighbors and friends. The architecture is quaint, yet modern. It doesn’t stand out from outlying areas; it looks refreshed and comfortable. The village would have something for everyone and would be a place everyone would want to be.