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part 3 of interview by Josh Green of Eric Reid
What is your political experience, if any?
Councilwoman Katie Hart Smith put it best in a recent article "Smith urged voters to vote with their hearts, always, vote for that individual that will represent the city the best; that will serve as a good-will ambassador and will serve with the utmost respect for the city and the people."
I will bring extensive business and leadership experience as well as my passion for this city to the board. I have severed on the National Association of Realtors Federal Fair Housing Board and I am actively involved in many civic and professional organizations. My opponents has ran his campaign based on previous city council experience; but as we all know, some experiences don't need to be repeated. It's time to move Lawrenceville forward It's time for a New Voice on City Council, It's time to Vote Eric Reid
Name: Eric Reid
Occupation: Local Businessman / Residential Real Estate Broker
Education: University of Minnesota with post graduate certification in Family & Substance Abuse Counseling
I attend the 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville. As a boy I was raised in a home that centered on "For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required." -- Luke 12:48. I have serves as a foster parent, in Gwinnett county, for the last 5 years, and more recently have taken steps to become an adoptive parent. I have been blessed with the opportunity to adopt two children with special needs, a 2 1/2 year old boy and his 1 1/2 year old sister, they are my joy each and every day. I will bring this same servant heart to the citizens of Lawrenceville as their City Councilman.
What issues do you think are at the top of voters' minds?
Foremost, voters in Lawrenceville are almost unanimous in their opposition to airport expansion. I have made my position clear and consistent; absolutely NO expansion of the airport is acceptable, regardless of whether the planes are carrying passengers or boxes of widgets. Voters are concerned about electing candidates who are truly opposed to expansion, and not simply paying lip service for political gain.
Another issue is the recent accounting audit for the period 2006-2010. Voters are very upset with the way this report reflects on our city. Mr. Clark, a member of the 2006 city council, says while on city council he led efforts to bring accountability to city services. However this audit shows a failure in leadership, lack of accountability by city officials, a city council that neglected their oversight responsibilities, and a disregard for city assets and taxpayer dollars.(audit is on public record at city mangers office). The city council is elected to oversee city services and clearly the taxpayers haven't gotten their money's worth. Voters are ready for new leadership. Go backward to the same city council of 2006 will not move Lawrenceville forward.
What about you should appeal to voters?
Voters are looking for a honest candidate to be their voice on city council; a candidate who is available and willing to listen. I will be a councilman who serves the people, asks for your input on issues, and who votes in their interests. I have an office in downtown Lawrenceville across from the parking deck. Anyone is welcome to drop by my office to discuss issues or express their concerns, and I will continue to be available to every resident long after this election is over.
The complete answers asked by Josh Green of Eric Reid
What are your primary reasons for running in this election?
I am the parent of two toddler children, and as such, I am committed to preserving Lawrenceville's quality of life for future generations. As a homeowner, I share your concerns with falling home values and will work to protect our property values and our family's assets. As a local business owner, I am invested in the economic success of our community. We need strong leaders who are fully invested in Lawrenceville's our community in order to preserve what is great about Lawrenceville while making our city competitive and successful. I believe it is time to look forward, not backward.
- What issues facing the city are you particularly passionate or knowledgeable about? Explain.
The single biggest threat to our quality of life remains the expansion of Briscoe Airport. Public records are clear that airport expansion was previously approved in 2008 under the updated 2030 Comprehensive Plan by members of our own city council that included Bob Clark. I have been consistent and clear in my opposition to any expansion of Briscoe Field. No, means NO. No expansion, no commercialization, no privatization. Last year the city council took a positive step forward and voted for a resolution opposing airport expansion, but we can't risk taking a step backward by electing a former councilman with a history of approving an expanded airport.
The second issue is the local housing market. Like most of Lawrenceville, I have seen my home go from an investment in my family's financial security to a rapidly depreciating liability. We need zoning and code enforcement that is responsive to individual homeowners and HOA needs without being overly intrusive and infringing on the rights of the individual property owner. I believe our city officials can do a better job at working with individual homeowners, the LNA, and homeowner associations to create a plan to stabilize local home values.
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