Just as important a decision as Mayor.
The next Mayor of Dunwoody will be chosen in early November and it appears that this race will be overshadowing the others in both press coverage and money spent. In today's Crier on page 19, I already see two Mayoral Forums have been announced and there is just one forum available to assist the voters in making their selections in the other two at large positions.
Please know that every registered voter will be able to vote in the two City Wide council seat elections as well as the Mayor's race; therefore each of the three races deserve equal press coverage and equal face time with the electorate. This item is reinforced by the fact that Dunwoody has a weak Mayor system in place where the Mayor's vote, counts the same as the six other council members with no veto authority. In reality, the city council is ruled by a simple majority of the seven members therefore it only takes four members to make a final decision on any topic which comes before council.
That being said the Dunwoody Patch published a Meet the Candidates profile on the District Two candidates that I will copy verbatim below.
Neighborhood: North Springs
Current job/company: Mom/Volunteer/Homemaker (former public policy researcher)
•Masters of City Planning, Georgia Tech
•Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, Georgia State
•Bachelor of Arts in Government, University of Texas at Austin
•Bachelor of Science in Journalism, University of Texas at Austin
How long have you lived in Dunwoody: 23 years
Community organizations: I currently serve on the Dunwoody Planning Commission and the Dunwoody Elementary PTO Board. I served for many years on our neighborhood’s Women’s Club Board. I also served on the board of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association. I was the governor’s representative on the Master Teacher and Academic Coach Implementation committee. I have been a member of numerous other state and local committees as well as serving a variety of roles at my children’s schools.
Your platform: To thrive in the future, Dunwoody must be an outstanding place to live for people in all ages and stages of their lives and simultaneously be a great place for businesses to locate. To reach this goal, we must: •Be fiscally conservative, spending resources carefully; •Solicit and listen to feedback from residents; •Have a small and efficient government that works for the good of the community; •Maintain neighborhood integrity; •Repair roads and improve parks, and; •Promote Dunwoody to businesses looking to relocate.
Other than the people, what is the best part of Dunwoody? We have terrific neighborhoods and communities in a great location. We have easy access to a range of shopping, dining, medical care, and transit options. But most importantly, it is the people that make Dunwoody special.
What are the two biggest issues facing Dunwoody? Traffic - both the number of cars and the behavior of drivers, creates problems in Dunwoody. We must use our public safety and public works resources to address these challenges through road maintenance, education and enforcement. As the economy improves, Dunwoody will face pressure from developers to permit projects that do not fit our values. As your council person, I will work to preserve the character of Dunwoody.
What is something people may not know about you? I love high school and college football.
Kerry de Vallette
Neighborhood: Dunwoody Club Forest
Family: Married 28 years to Jill Abbott de Vallette, who has been with Delta Air Lines since 1978. Jill is an active volunteer with the Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity. We have three children, John Abbott, and twins Katherine and Sara. All are graduates of Dunwoody High School. All three attend Georgia Southern University.
Current Job/Company: I run the JKS Abbott Group, an independent sales and marketing firm focused in the healthcare information technology market.
Education: Graduate of the University of Tennessee
How long have you lived in Dunwoody: Since 1983
Community organizations: Joined the Dunwoody Homeowners Association in 1984; served three terms as vice president, 1988, 1989 and 1990. From 1993 to 2006 I served in head coach and assistant coaching positions at Murphey Candler and Morgan Falls youth baseball, softball and football programs. Dunwoody Senior Baseball. Dunwoody High School Baseball. Habitat for Humanity. Boy Scout Troop 623.
Platform: I believe that small government is the best government. And that council members must focus on the principles that propelled Dunwoody into cityhood: keep taxes low, public safety (accomplished with appropriate levels of police staff), roads (pave the worst first) and parks and recreation facilities.
Other than the people, what is the best part of Dunwoody? The energy and power our new city creates. As a city we control our own destiny. That enables Dunwoody to continue to grow, to develop a mix of well-established residential neighborhoods in close proximity to the greatest economic engine in the southeast, the PCID.
What are the two biggest issues facing Dunwoody? Without a doubt, the proposed park bond referendums are at the top of the list with most everyone I talk with. The second is traffic. And like our residential development and parks development, mitigating traffic issues requires solid planning that addresses our current needs such as key intersection improvements, sidewalks, and bike paths, but also anticipates our future growth!
What is something people may not know about you? I make the best gumbo in Georgia, bar none!