Donald Mitchell kicked off his first of a series of focus groups with the citizens of Alpharetta to get firsthand input on their issues, ideas, thoughts and priorities for the community. This one hour event provided Donald the opportunity not to give a speach, but listen to what is on the minds of his fellow citizens.
At the top of everyone’s list was Making the Alpharetta City Center a better place to visit, shop, eat and enjoy….and get the same kind of “draw” that neighboring Roswell has today. Additional priorities centered around traffic flow, neighborhood safety through PACT, the rerouting of Highway 9, developing more and better park and recreation facilities, Sunday alcohol sales, property taxes, minimizing the widening of roads, better enforcement of drunk driving and enforcing the solicitation laws in our subdivisions.
Donald will continue to conduct these focus groups throughout the campaign season not only to get feedback from his fellow citizens, but also to demonstrate that unlike most politicians, he’s a good listener. And he also wants to know firsthand what everyone’s top priorities are so once he is elected he can begin the process of addressing these priorities.
Great meeting on Tuesday evening at the Chattahoochee Republican Women’s Club. The guest speaker was Georgia Agriculture Commissioner, Gary Black, who gave an
insightful demonstration on the role and duties of the Agriculture Department in Georgia. He also unveiled the new Georgia Grown logo. Candidates
from Roswell, Johns Creek and Alpharetta were on hand to speak and I enjoyed
meeting the women in this group as well as the various candidates. I would love to come and speak at your group so please contact us so we can set that up.
Donald Mitchell needs a new name. We need to replace Donald with Main Street Mitchell. He has worked tirelessly on the issues that affect every small business in Alpharetta. He started the Alpharetta First Campaign that connects all Alpharetta Businesses and encourages each citizen to buy locally. Most recently Donald Mitchell, Larry Attig and Dick Debbin have been working with the city on a grant to place flowering planters through out the historic downtown area. This will increase the overall curb appeal for downtown and hopefully encourage visitors and businesses to locate in the area.
Downtown Donald / Main Street Mitchell has been an asset to making downtown more vibrant and alive. His work on events such as Needle in a hey stack, The Alpharetta Farmers Market and countless other activities have seen Main Street Mitchell’s handiwork. Through hard work and a relentless spirit of cooperation Donald is working to transform the way we all see Downtown. A vote for Main Street Mitchell would be a huge leap in the right direction for Alpharetta’s Future.
Donald Mitchell is spending most of his weekends walking through sub-divisions, going door-to-door, speaking at meetings, and in this case, meeting with his fellow Alpharetta citizens at the Farmer’s Market.
I am the President of the Atlanta Volunteer Committee for SOS Children’s Villages USA (www.sos-usa.org/Atlanta), and I came to know Mr. Mitchell approximately four years ago, when he was introduced to me by an executive in the SOS Children’s Villages offices in Washington D.C. Since that introduction Mr. Mitchell has been one of the biggest supporters of our organization in the Georgia region, and has worked tirelessly to promote our cause – to raise funds and awareness for orphaned and
neglected children around the world.
What most strongly impressed me about Mr. Mitchell is that he introduced our organization to his large network of associates and friends, as well as to the North Atlanta business community. As a result our organization has greatly increased its base of supporters. Mr. Mitchell is an extremely caring and capable professional, who has taken on leadership responsibilities in our chapter, and has executed numerous fundraisers and outreach initiatives on our behalf. He has my strongest recommendation, as well as my sincerest appreciation for all that he has done for SOS Children’s Villages. If you wish to know more about this competent, energetic, and compassionate individual, do not hesitate to contact me.
President, Atlanta Committee for SOS Children’s Villages
I’m in this race because I care. Not because it’s cool. Not, as some have asked, to join a coalition of politicians with only special interests to protect. I love Alpharetta. I want each resident and neighborhood to have the opportunity to be heard and be taken seriously when they express concerns. I want a picturesque and vital downtown where Alpharettans can have a joyful village environment. I have been actively listening and volunteering. Now I feel compelled to act in a way that can preserve what is good about our city and change what requires a new direction to improve our quality of life and our business growth.
In local political campaigns most of the candidates are focused on telling people what they’ll do. Donald Mitchell has a different approach. He is asking people what they want, what they are thinking about, and listening intently to what they say!
The act of listening really implies many things. First, it shows that you care about what someone is saying, and second, that what they are saying is important to them. Donald Mitchell feels that as a city, Alpharetta has lost the art of listening and caring about what our neighbors are saying. When is the last time you have been invited to a focus group or town hall meeting and actually been asked to give your opinion about what you think?
Be on the lookout for the many focus groups and town hall meetings that Donald will be conducting leading up to the election in early November, because he does care about what you are thinking, and will listen to what you say. There is no subject off limits and you are welcome to come and share your thoughts.