WHO I AM
I am running for re-election to Post 5 seat on the Watkinsville City Council with an open mind and steady hand. I want to better represent all the residents and businesses of the county seat of Oconee County, Georgia.
I love Watkinsville and want to make it the best place possible for its many residents, businesses, and visitors. I want to support economic development and rebuild some of the crumbling infrastructure of our 212-year-old city. I can foster improved relationships between the municipal and county governments, their police force and Sheriff Deputies, and the City Council with the Boards of Education and Commissioners. I have worked with committees involving the Fall Festival and Watkinsville Christmas parade among many others in my first term. I have helped facilitate recycling bins at various locations in the city, including Rocket Field and Harris Shoals Park.
I want to continue with the kind of careful, conservative governance shown by former Mayor Jim Luken and council members demonstrated during the many years I have covered the Watkinsville City Council both for the newspapers and for other local media. I want to make lower the food to drink ratio in restaurants, and have Sunday brunch bill before voters. I would like to keep Watkinsville wonderful for pedestrians, dog and cat owners, bicyclists, and business owners.
PAST & PRESENT
I have lived in Watkinsville since 2001 and own my home in Morgan Manor Estates free and clear. I live with my son Lowell and dog Katrina. I have coached soccer and basketball for the Oconee Rec Department. I worked at Eagle Tavern for the county government as well. 1st term accomplishments include recycling bins, park improvements, and sidewalks starting on Harden Hill Road.
I ran for Mayor in 2011 after making the the Run-Off in a four way race for the Special Election to replace Hank Huckaby in the 113th District Georgia House of Representatives race. All elections were nonpartisan, including this one. I won Post 5 by 2 votes over Mark Melvin in 2016. I would like to implement more recycling and solar in the next term.
Supporting businesses and economic development is one of the most important facets of goverment for small towns such as Watkinsville. We need to keep growing as a community and explore all possible avenues of smart growth in our lovely little town.
Finding the proper balance between the old and new is another important aspect of local governnance in this race. We need a council member who keeps on open mind about local restaurants and eateries, instead of dismissing them.