Richard N. Wright

Candidate for Atlanta mayor

Website: www.wrightforatl.com

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

Our administration plan to tackle crime is called Equity in Policing. The relationship must be repaired between the Mayor and the Atlanta Police Department. APD must know that city leadership believes in due process for officers as well as citizens. I will hire 500 quality officers, 250 from outside Atlanta and 250 Atlanta citizens. We can’t have community policing without community involvement. Our administration will change APD from policing zones to district policing. We have 6 zones and 12 districts. The math is off. Each district will have a major responsible for that district. Each district is unique and has a unique set of issues. District policing will change our policing equation from protect and serve to prevent + protect = service. A neighborhood watch and crime stoppers unit will be established in each district.

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?

Our administration has a comprehensive plan to address affordable living. Rethinking our approach is critical to producing optimal results. The average rent for a one bedroom in Atlanta is $1,600. 30% of Atlanta’s families are rent burden. The issues can be solved by rethinking zoning and developer and resident perks. It Atlanta most of the new construction is single family homes or high destiny structures. The missing middle is the issue. We need to construct more 12 family duplexes and add ADUs (Additional dwelling units) to newer single-family homes. People developers included don’t mind giving hand ups to people who are hard working. As Mayor I would negotiate with developers to offer rent subsidies to college students and people who are in a trade school with a 2.75 GPA or higher.  

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

As Mayor I will create an Office of Infrastructure that will be tasked with creating an infrastructure paradigm for the city of Atlanta. The Beltline corridor will be at the top of the list of items to create a short term and long term plan to finish and to maintain the Beltline once finished. The Office of Infrastructure will work with neighborhood NPUs and Council members to gather information needed to move the Beltline forward. Our administration will also work to build businesses on the Beltline. 

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

As Mayor I will create an Office of Sustainability tasked with ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) strategy, implementation and reporting. Combatting climate change is one of the biggest issues facing humanity. The Office of Sustainability will work with the Office of Infrastructure to create a SmartAtlanta. Our administration will concrete on four essential investing opportunities, Enabling Technologies, Building & Construction, Energy and Water & Waste Management. 

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

I plan on addressing Atlanta’s COVID 19 response as a candidate and as Mayor. I am going to push to get all 14 candidates to make a public appearance together to promote getting vaccinated. As Mayor, I plan on continuing to publicly push citizens to get vaccinated. The sooner we all get vaccinated the sooner we can get back to enjoying life.

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.