Vote Marci Collier Overstreet for City Council, District 11 Atlanta, GA

What experience do you bring to the job to set policy for your city and what is your motivation to serve?

Having had the experience of enjoying our legacy neighborhoods during my fundamental years will undoubtedly help while in office. The relationships and trust that I've built through leadership roles and community involvement that I have successfully taken on in various organizations, along with the decades of invested interest in the community demonstrated through our Cascade Road family business, will prove useful while serving at City Hall. My Journalism major and Management minor will also aid in solid policy writing while on council. I'm motivated to serve my community as its council member because my neighbors and I have agreed that our legacy community is worth preserving while growing. We deserve a safe neighborhood that is both age-friendly and a progressive haven for our youth. Our city is growing rapidly with many projects slated for southwest Atlanta. I'm running to ensure that Southwest Atlanta reaps the benefits of this enormous growth without displacement. 

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

Tackling the issue of affordable housing is the biggest budget issue facing the City of Atlanta right now. Displacement is costly to the city and homelessness is extremely costly to the city as well. I intend to continue the trend of implementing an affordable housing agreement with each and every development contract per neighborhood. I understand the importance of having these agreements in place at the beginning of the negotiation process. Ideally, while on council we will implement a more comprehensive approach to the affordable housing agreements with city developers that could include incentives for compliance and penalties for violations. Bottomline, it is the city government's responsibility to work together to reduce homelessness and mandate affordable housing. Many families and individuals depend on the city to hold developers accountable to the needs of the masses.

How should your city address the issues of lobbyist gifts, ethical behavior, and transparency in government?

I will not tolerate for a "pay to play" culture at City Hall. I plan to RESTORE INTERGRITY by implementing a transparency policy as an agreement with my constituents ensuring they will have access to weekly updates of the Council's developments and affairs. I will follow up on each request from a resident and include the findings and/or resolutions in the weekly updates on a portal available to the public. I feel that we should strive to become a certified City of Ethics. I advocate for more frequent ethics training for employees and vendors. I advocate for a PUBLIC balanced budget. I will look closely at the appointment of the Ethics Board. I will have a regular "Concerned Citizens of the community “meetings. "Concerned Business Citizens" community meetings are needed as well.

Tax payers deserve to know how their hard earned dollars are spend anytime they want to know. I believe that integrity, both perceived and actual, is a vital aspect of holding a council seat.

Legal Permanent Residents and naturalized citizens contribute over a billion dollars in state and local taxes each year. How will you help ensure your city is a welcoming place for foreign born entrepreneurs and their families?

In the past, now and when elected I support equal rights for all human beings. I will always ban discrimination and vote against legislation that is not fair to naturalized citizens. This includes protecting their rights to employment, housing and entrepreneurship with nondiscrimination protections. No one should face unfair treatment based solely on where they were born. 

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

I believe that we should continue to stay on the plan set forth by current council this year for Atlanta and the metro to establish a plan of transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. The resolution mandates that by January 2018 the city's plan should be outlined with the details of the path to transitioning our city to being run by using 100% renewable energy by 2025, followed by the surrounding areas being folded into the plan to also run on 100% renewable energy by 2035. I advocate for this new resolution as it is a scientific fact that carbon pollution is a threat of climate change and unhealthy for us all regardless of the opinion of our current President. While I'm on council, I will continue to fight for an Atlanta that is powered by 100 percent renewable energy. I believe this work will be good for our heath by providing clean air and water. It will also create jobs and save our citizens money by lowering their utility bills.

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