Roosevelt Searles III

Candidate for Atlanta mayor


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

The first step to addressing crime is fixing our poverty issue; we have over 3,000 individuals homeless in the city of Atlanta. Homelessness leads to crime and crime leads to residents wanting to leave the city, Buckhead for example. My administration will Implement several measures aimed at providing relief for officers and strengthening safety within our community. I do not believe that hiring more officers is the answer to our crime problem. We must utilize modern day technology such as drones and cameras to deter crime. We also must strengthen our public safety system and ensure that violent habitual criminals do not reenter society as easily as they have in the past. 

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?

Affordable housing is my main priority upon entering office. We must do everything we can to ensure that all residents of Atlanta are treated equally. Mayor Bottoms has decided to wait until 2026 to get this done; however we do not have that long to wait. We must utilize the amount of money we have now and redirect funds that we have currently to ensure that this process is expedited. There also must be an audit of where the current funds were spent. 

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

Yes, we need to create more transit options on the Beltline, such as the streetcars that we have downtown. We must also utilize all forms of public transportation to ensure that there are several options for our residents to enjoy. We need to look at where the current funds went and how they were spent because there have been millions of dollars allocated to this project, so we should be seeing much more progress. 

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

There are many lies surrounding climate change and I know first hand exactly what is being done to our people. We have to do more research and utilize real scientists. There have been machines altering the weather for years and I know that this is the main cause for the current climate issues. 

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

We have been given millions by the federal government to combat the pandemic. However, we are not spending this money correctly. I just reviewed Mayor Bottoms spending of the $170.1 million that was awarded to Atlanta just recently this year. Nowhere in the spending plan did I see a place for housing or solutions for our current homeless crisis. There also was a lack of interest in the area of public safety. These funds should have been used by the city instead of being distributed to smaller nonprofits and similar organizations. We have to do an investigation and make sure that all the funds were spent appropriately and figure out why we have not made any real progress in the effort to combat this awful pandemic.

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.