Kenny Hill

Candidate for Atlanta mayor

Website: https://www.electkennyhill.com/

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What immediate actions will you take as mayor to curb the violent crime occurring in the City of Atlanta?

My plan to address the crime problem in our city includes: Addressing crime hotspots and locations that invite criminal activity; increase partnerships with neighboring municipalities to track violent offenders; hiring and retaining our police force to the level of 2,000 officers; providing police and community connectivity programs, including mentorship programs to prevent the early onset of gang recruitment and criminal behavior; and establishing quarterly first responder appreciation events in each NPU to foster better relationships between officers and community members.

Will you make affordable housing a priority of your administration and continue the commitment made by Mayor Bottoms to invest $1 billion in the effort by 2026?

I have spent the last seven years developing nonprofit programming that transitions homeless single mothers and their children from shelters into transitional housing. This year long program has helped families establish independence and become housing secure. With this experience and exposure to the issues of affordable housing, I will fully support and find ways to accelerate the attainment of this goal.

Will transit on the Atlanta BeltLine corridor be a top priority and what will your administration do to fast-track it?

The BeltLine is vital to connecting people to destinations for business, work, school, and recreation. Funding is the best way to fast track the progress. Utilizing the Biden Administration’s proposed Infrastructure funding would allow construction to begin while plans for special assessment districts or other funding streams are finalized to complete the project. 

Will your administration recommit to combatting climate change and what are some steps you will take to get businesses and residents onboard? 

The City of Atlanta has taken positive steps towards reducing energy consumption via solar panels, etc.  Leading by example is how I would continue to demonstrate the effectiveness of reducing carbon footprints and greenhouse emissions.  I would invite the business sector to follow our lead in these areas and I would strengthen the office of sustainability to impact this effort.

How will your administration address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic?

This issue has potential to seriously impact the health of our citizens as well as our economy.  I would partner to encourage vaccinations through incentives and educational campaigns. I would also encourage all city employees to protect their health through vaccinations. I would fully support masks being worn indoors until infection rates are under control

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.