DUNWOODY, Ga. — Dunwoody voters will pick a new mayor this Nov. 5, with three City Council seats also up for election.
While Post 6 Councilman John Heneghan will run for reelection unopposed, Post 4 Councilman Terry Nall and Post 5 Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch will be competing for mayor, leaving open races for their seats. To help inform voters, the Dunwoody Crier asked each of the candidates:
Why are you running for City Council?
What experiences or skills would you bring to the city?
If elected, what would be your top priorities?
Editor’s note: A technical issue last week resulted in one of the candidates for City Council Post 4 being omitted from the Sept. 26 issue of The Dunwoody Crier. As a result, and in fairness, we are running responses from both candidates vying for the seat.
City Council Post 4
Q1. I’ve dedicated over a decade to working at every level within our community because I truly enjoy working to make our city the best it can be. Dunwoody has made strides since incorporating and it is now time to prepare for the next chapter by enhancing transportation, Dunwoody Village, our schools and our parks.
Q2. I have been involved with the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, the Zoning Board of Appeals, Sustainability Commission and Dunwoody Nature Center. I also bring professional experience as a small business owner.
Q3. To establish a plan for the old Austin site and see it through to fruition, the redevelopment of Dunwoody Village, to make sure our Dunwoody school teams have priority access to the new ball fields in Brook Run, to use our influence as a city to enact positive change within the school system, and to maintain a balance between development and its impact on traffic, schools and residential neighborhoods.
Q1. There were two major reasons I moved to Dunwoody in 1998: the great location and the great schools. Our schools are experiencing a facilities crisis. While the city does not control the school district, the city must take a more robust and assertive posture with the school district regarding the condition of their facilities. I would start with an ordinance addressing educational trailers.
Q2. I studied construction management and real estate at Purdue University and Georgia State. My career has provided me extensive experience in construction, real estate development and property management. I have been with the Comprehensive Master Plan Committee, Perimeter Sounding Board, Dekalb County SPLOST project development committee and the Dunwoody Development Board.
Q3. Engaging the city in making our school facilities safe; removing barriers that keep small business from starting and growing; Providing prudent fiscal management and ensuring transparency in our city government — meetings, decisions and financials.