Occupation: CPA and Head of Financial Services for Infosys McCamish Systems, LLC
Previous elected offices held: Dunwoody City Council Member for the last eight years
Other community service experience: Community Assistance Center (recent Board Member), Boy Scout Troop 764 leader and merit badge counselor; Elder and Clerk of Session (multiple terms) for Saint Luke’s Presbyterian Church; National Board Member for Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program.
What is motivating you to run for this office?
Dunwoody is my passion. I think I’ve made a positive contribution over the past two terms and there are challenges ahead that will take strong leadership to address. I will continue to advocate for a careful balance of fiscal responsibility and our quality of life, just as I have done for the last eight years. I am passionate about hearing the voice of our community through town hall meetings and other forums.
What is the biggest issue facing the district and how will you address it?
Our community’s concerns include overcrowded schools and elevated toll lanes, and our city government’s greatest challenge is our financial resources. Dunwoody’s revenues are in slow growth, as 70% of Dunwoody property is residential with a substantial homestead exemption and valuation freeze. Our new SPLOST funds cannot be used for parks improvements. Operating expenses and construction costs continue to grow with inflation. The proposed 2020 budget is the tightest budget I’ve seen in my eight years on City Council. As mayor, I’ll designate the next City Council retreat as a Financial Summit and explore all solutions to fill the gaps.
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 is responsible for nurturing a vibrant, responsive quality of life. Multiuse paths, arts centers, and other cultural and parks facilities enhance our city’s placemaking and future vitality. These and other enhancements are funded through a combination of hotel-motel tax revenues, general funds and SPLOST for qualifying transportation segments. Our next City Council retreat must focus on these needs within our five-year revenue forecast. Decisions will be needed on how to maximize our quality-of-life enhancements within the financial resources we have available.
How would your administration be similar to, or different from, that of current Mayor Denis Shortal?
Mayor Shortal has a passion and love for Dunwoody and quality of life. Every decision or action I make as mayor will be based on whether it adds to A Better Dunwoody. As we work with GDOT to mitigate the impacts of the proposed I-285 elevated lanes and other projects, as we add vibrant placemaking across our city, as we add connectivity with trails and sidewalks, as we enhance parks, as we fix broken intersections, and as we maintain our public safety edge, we must ensure each action adds to our quality of life.