Atlanta City Council would be Christopher Brown’s first elected office. He spoke to Saporta Report via email.
Q: What’s your number one concern for your district specifically?
A: Affordable housing. As Atlanta grown drives the Atlanta housing market to grow with it. District 4 encompasses the zip code 30310 which was ranked No. 1 in the nation for housing fraud during the recession and some of the cities most underserved communities. With recent investments such as Fort McPherson and the Atlanta Beltline and county tax increases, affordability is among top concerns among residents.
Q: What could you do as a Council member about that?
A: As the council member, I will focus on the creation of more accessible workforce housing, inclusionary zoning, and champion a creative community revitalization initiative that was designed to preserve affordability and allow our senior population and other residents to age in place while improving aesthetics and the quality of life. I will author a resolution for the creation of a joint committee with Fulton County officials and partners to focus on tax and feasible options to reduce the impact of rising taxes in low-income areas that incur a surge in taxes due to mass redevelopment and for other purposes. I will develop a program series of to educate owners of possible homestead exemptions they may qualify for.
Q: What’s a professional or personal accomplishment you’re proud of? It could be professional, personal, civic.
A: Being able to help organize, engage and get recognition by the city to a brand new active community organization in our district. Under my leadership, every street in the district will belong to a community organization. Every community organization will be active in the Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU). Every NPU will meet collectively to every quarter to discuss issues, best practices, and to engage collaboratively to promote inclusiveness in our diverse community.
Q: What’s an uncomfortable truth the next Council needs to face?
A: That they have not done best to how the city does business within the legislative process, engage its communities, and respond to employee and community concerns.
Q: What’s something Council has gotten right in the last four to eight years?
A: Most recent, acknowledging and turning action to community benefit and community concerns. Council recently made way in helping find funding for Turner Field communities after failing to provide community benefits during the recent sale of Turner Field.
Q: What’s something council has gotten wrong or failed to do in the last four to eight years?
A: They have failed to provide the needed oversight and vetting of approving government spending.
Q: Bottom line, overall, why should people vote for you? What’s your pitch to the voters?
A: I believe in getting communities the tools and information needed to achieve real policy results. For the last 11 years I have served the communities in various capacities such as the City of Atlanta Department of Public Works as a customer service representative, Sr., NPU Ambassador and as an effective union leader where I represented employees, established relationships with neighborhood leaders and officials from federal, state and local government.
My extensive knowledge of policy, procedures, operations, and experience as a city of Atlanta employee and union/community leader along with fresh ideas and a working knowledge of the District’s current needs, make me the best candidate for the job. I exemplify the temperament you want in a trusted leader – a natural listener and consensus-builder who builds strong effective relationships. I am passionate about serving our City and has done so as a mentor, organizer, volunteer, and friend to all. With your support, I am ready day one!!