Friday, July 1, 2011

Terry Nall announces bid for Dunwoody City Council District 1 At-Large Seat

Terry Nall, a resident of Dunwoody since 1998, financial professional, and community volunteer, has announced his campaign for the Dunwoody City Council District 1 At-Large Seat.

Currently the President and U. S. Head of the insurance subsidiary for Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, Terry is also a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Trust and Financial Advisor, and Certified Employee Benefits Specialist. He serves on the Board of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, participated in the Dunwoody Village Master Plan sounding board and served on the Fire and Rescue task force prior to the formation of the Dunwoody Yes campaign.

“If you want a City Council representative who can master the details without being mastered by them, who can wade through thousands of pages of documentation to find the simpler, more straightforward solution, Terry is that person,” says Steve Barton, Boy Scout Troop 764 Scoutmaster Emeritus, community volunteer, and Board member of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association and Dunwoody Preservation Trust. “He understands that financial resources are finite, and how to prioritize expenditures reasonably and responsibly.”

“Terry is thoughtful, insightful, and adept in bridging often competing viewpoints to achieve common goals,” says George Stewart, who worked with Terry on the governing Session of St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church during a period of challenging transitions. “I have absolute trust in his ability to serve the citizens of Dunwoody with integrity and a deep understanding of the complexities of city management.”

Terry Nall’s current and recent community volunteer service has also included Elder, Clerk of Session, Chair of the Personnel Committee, and Youth Advisor for St. Luke's Presbyterian Church; adult leader and treasurer, Boy Scout Troop 764 (sharing the rank of Eagle Scout with son Adam); the Tartan Trot 5K Mission Miles fundraiser for Youth missions at St. Luke's; Habitat for Humanity; and Chair of the Committee on Ministry for the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta.

“Dunwoody has meant so much to our family: great schools, great neighbors, great friends,” says Terry. “I supported cityhood for the opportunity to create our own civic destiny. Now I want to help ensure a sound fiscal foundation so residents and businesses can continue to thrive.

“I believe that three things are essential to Dunwoody’s future: a refocused priority on basic city services, careful management of financial resources, and less stringent government regulation and control of business and citizens.

“City taxes are a precious and limited resource that should be wisely managed. Dunwoody is not yet three years in existence, so we must resist the ill-timed temptation to raise taxes or incur bond debt so soon in our city history for 'wants' such as an extensive parks plan rather than 'needs' including roads and bottleneck intersection improvements, sidewalks, and more aggressive repaving. I have an appreciation for parks and greenspace, but only at an appropriate future time. Today’s economy is too precarious for the city to incur such a large amount of debt for something that is 'nice to have.' For now, our expenditures must be carefully measured and laser-focused on our most pressing need of roads and sidewalks. Any driver in Dunwoody knows we already have a large quantity of failing, over-congested intersections and roadways. According to Dunwoody's outside consultant, the situation will continue to deteriorate with additional intersections and roadway segments moving to failing status in less than four short years. Dealing with these issues should be a higher priority for our limited tax dollars.

"Dunwoody’s government intrusion is creeping towards over-bureaucratization of our town. We have businesses that are unable to display a neon ‘OPEN’ sign, a home-based violin instructor is unable to teach one student at a time without an extensive outlay of permit fees and public hearings, and let’s not forget about the inordinate attention to urban chickens regulation or the out-of-touch attempt to change away from DeKalb County for trash collection.

“Just because government has the power to add regulations into our lives doesn't mean it should. What moves Dunwoody forward is the quality of its citizens and businesses, not increased government. Limited government allows the community to flourish and grow. My goal is to reduce the amount of micro-management regulation that has inexplicably worked its way into the Dunwoody Code of Ordinances. We must operate more like a city and less like a homeowners association.”

Terry is a graduate of Wake Forest University and has been married for 26 years to Donna Cannady Nall, a community volunteer, freelance copywriter, and blogger (Knitternall). Their son, Adam, graduated from Dunwoody High School and will attend North Georgia College and State University in the fall. Daughter Anna Grace is a rising freshman at Dunwoody High School. The family has lived in Dunwoody and the Vernon North neighborhood since 1998.


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