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DeKalb County Board of Commissioners District 7

A runoff will be held on Dec. 6 in the special election for Commission District 7.Early voting will begin on Monday, Nov. 28, and continue through Friday, Dec. 2. All early voting will be held at the main office of the Voter Registration and Elections office located at 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300, in Decatur. Voting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All voters should enter the advance voting site through the side entrance of the Registration and Elections office since there will be only one voting room for this election. Ballots will be automatically mailed to voters over 65 or who are disabled, if they so designated that status on their applications for the Nov. 8 election. Other voters in the district who wish to receive a mailed absentee ballot must submit an application no later than 4 p.m. on Dec. 2. Signed applications may be faxed to 404-298-4038 or emailed to voterreg@dekalbcountyga.govVisit http://web.dekalbcountyga.gov/voter/currentelectioninfo.html for more information.

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    Gregory Adams
    (NP)

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    Randal Mangham
    (NP)

Biographical Information

What experience do you bring to the job and what is your motivation to serve as County Commissioner?

If elected, what would be your two (2) top policy priorities and how would you work to achieve results?

What, in your opinion, is the biggest budget issue facing your county and how, if elected would you propose to address it?

Foreign-born Georgians own 31% of the businesses in our state. Legal Permanent Residents and naturalized citizens contribute approximately 1.8 billion dollars in state and local taxes each year. How will you help ensure your county is a welcoming place for foreign born entrepreneurs and their families?

Counties across the country are embracing aggressive goals to reduce carbon pollution. What do you believe your county should do to support cleaner air?

As a veteran in Army 101st Airborne Air Assault Division, skills taught entered into everyday work environments in leadership and communication. Discipline skills contributed to the ability to work with others gaining respect from superior officers and fellow soldiers. A Specialist promoted to assistant section chief along with being an instructor at West Point Military Academy, the assessments tools sanctioned the abilities to properly fit in management, having great work ethics and productivity, These skill sets matriculated in a successful small business owner in DeKalb and Fulton Counties. In Corporate America, skills of managing and supervising were used to prepare employees for possible challenges that they may have faced in the workplace. As a DeKalb and Emory police officer, the skills of leadership were improved gaining and maintaining respect from colleagues and citizens. In the private sector, skills set of management enhanced leadership abilities with positions such as an elected board member, assistant superintendent of Sunday schools, ambassador and overseer both internationally and locally. As an elected post holder for House District 86, it broadened the senses of integrity, transparency and accountability. Assembling teams and bringing fruition to concepts aided in the leadership experience along with building successful businesses such as Project3Sixty for the homeless, Discipline, Respect, Responsibility, Leadership and Love (DRRLL) mentoring for youths.
Honesty, integrity, transparency and accountability will aid in Rebuilding, Uniting and Navigating the county to one DeKalb. This will bring back confidence in the county officials. Being a member of DeKalb Fraternal Order of Police an outstanding organization that upholds transparency, values and ethics, the top priorities are honesty and integrity. Working closely with legislators and departments of DeKalb will aid in uniting the county, navigating areas of rebuilding the county to a more promising future. Identifying issues that are important to constituents conducting surveys and attending meetings will aid in examining issues of how the community would like the county to stand by involving communities for vision, produce a plan to make it happen, focus the direction on future success and at the same time allow involvement from the community to make decisions and set priorities for action.

As a stakeholder in DeKalb, the two most pressing things that challenge all residents are economic development and public safety. As an elected official, I will work to strengthen the police department so that the citizens will feel safe and secure where they live, work and play. When there is a safe community, productive businesses would be more incline to be established within the county. Police Protection – DeKalb County must improve retention of its police force by increasing pay, enhancing benefit packages, and expanding training programs and reviewing a way to reallocate funds to support men and women in the field.

Budget Priorities and Oversight – In addition to improving retention on the police force, we need an audit and reorganization of county departments to ensure that we maintain a high level of service to our residents in unincorporated areas while accommodating the needs of the growing number of cities that require county services.

Honesty, integrity, transparency and accountability are crucial in rebuilding the confidence of the people that resides in DeKalb County. Allowing the fruits that exist and having such qualities will allow unity and navigation for the elected to serve the electors and their confidence can be regained in their elected officials. Working closely with legislators and departments of DeKalb will aid in uniting the county in which navigating would be the area of rebuilding the county to a more promising future. As a pastor, father,
As a small businesses owner, it is vital in bringing about economic stability as well as infrastructure. Keeping stakeholders safe is the top issue. Keeping public safety personnel trained making sure the county is safe so that businesses can be courted in. This means negotiations, which is very important and should continue until all parties are satisfied especially those that live in affected areas.
It is critical to all humanity and living things for all to pay attention to things that pollute our air. As a representative of DeKalb County it should be strongly urged to confer with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to reduce pollution in insuring that citizens have cleaner air. Also have seminars to educate citizens on how we together can improve the county and conserve and preserve life of man and furry family members. Make sure that industrial businesses are abiding by codes for cleaner air established by (EPA). In hind site, it is ok to mirror what other counties are doing to improve air quality especially if a program is working.

According to the United States Department of Justice from https://www.justice.gov/crt/fcs/TitleVI, It is vital to keep handy Department of Homeland Security (DHS) updates on strategies of Environmental Justice to see if there is compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Educating citizens to unplug electrical items to conserve energy when not in use can be a plus along with participating in programs related to conserve energy and learning frameworks that have been effective and implement it within the county.

I became a lawyer, accepted the call to ministry, and served 10 years in the GA House of Representatives because I wanted to serve as a public servant, not a politician.

DeKalb County isn’t only in need of new leadership, but it needs Proven Leadership… New Leadership with Vision.

It is time to elect New Leadership with Vision who will 1) work with the other commissioners and the new CEO to appoint a full-time CFO and support the forensic audit of county funds for accountability and transparency in government; 2) work to decrease taxes while working to maintain property value, construct new sidewalks, and repave roads; 3) work with both political parties, small business owners, and private corporations to secure job growth, economic development, and the expansion of MARTA.
1) Restoring public confidence in government by... helping to implement the policies and intentions of HB 597 and HB 599 passed by 92% of the voters (including myself), as well as activate constituent populated advisory committees and roundtables to share issues and obtain their voice on pertinent county matters. I will be responsive to constituents calls, inquiries, and correspondences in a timely manner.

2) Economic development e.g. job creation by... improving county infrastructure and utilizing local contractors and DeKalb County construction companies to repave roads, construct new sidewalks, and expand MARTA, as well as implement policies that attract new businesses to DeKalb County through tax incentives and reliable transportation.
The biggest budget issue is the required balance of the need to address crumbling infrastructure for economic development and the need for securing the public safety. The DeKalb County sewer system and roadways need vast improvement, while our police force is being reduced on a continuous basis due to high-cost benefit packages and low salaries.
DeKalb County, Georgia's most culturally diverse county must continue to welcome and embrace all members of the global community. I will ensure that DeKalb County policies and practices shall not discourage or discriminate based on any of the constitutionally protected classes, including national origin. Additionally, I will seek to promote trade relations and delegations for the major immigrant constituents as I continue to collaborate with and partner with such state agencies as the Georgia Department of Economic Development's international trade office in order to expand the county's international business and foreign commerce development.
I believe that DeKalb County should offer tax incentives to motorists who drive electric vehicles; offer tax incentives to companies that use electric vehicles and "green" programs; provide more electric car charging stations throughout DeKalb County in targeted areas; and seek industries such as solar powered technologies and other renewable energy sources, as well as offer tax incentives for home owners and businesses that utilizes these renewable energy sources.