Donald delivered the following 3-minute statement at the Candidate Forum at Alpharetta High School on October 26th.
Thank you for the invitation to join you this evening. This is an excellent event and it is so refreshing to see this many young people excited about the political process and getting actively involved in their community.
I have chosen to run for City Council for a very simple reason: I want to do everything in my power to help improve the quality of life for my neighbors and my community. I have a passion and a vision to make this happen and I believe we can accomplish this through three main focuses.
I believe economic development is the lifeblood of a sustainable community. I’m in favor of Alpharetta having two economic development commissioners with one being responsible for recruiting large companies to Alpharetta, and the other being an advocate for small businesses by tearing down the road blocks that inhibit small business growth in our city. I believe Alpharetta can be the premier city in Georgia for small business and when that happens the quality of life will improve for all citizens because we’ll have better, more competitive services and more local jobs.
Second, I believe the redevelopment of our historic downtown is paramount. Every premier city in the history of civilization has had a vibrant downtown area where people gather to experience the quality of life and joy that comes with community. The good news is that the “bones” are in place for Alpharetta to have a vibrant, attractive, healthy downtown district. The bad news is that we’ve made zoning restrictions so cumbersome that businesses are understandably timid about investing in this critical area of our city. By electing me to the city council, you’ll be sending the message that the responsible and determined redevelopment of downtown is the council’s top priority. This will attract and promote business growth, raise property values, lower millage rates, and improve the quality of life for everybody in Alpharetta.
Lastly, fiscal responsibility must continue to be a priority for our city. The council has done an excellent job of maintaining the city’s financial health despite the economic downturn and I’ll continue to employ the fiscal responsibility that I’ve honed over 22 years as a small business owner. The quality of life for all our citizens is dependent upon the wise and intelligent use of taxpayer funds and I have a proven record of fiscal responsibility.
Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity. I’d be honored to help each of you maintain and improve the quality of life which has attracted all of us to this wonderful city.
Here Donald is shown receiving the 1st shipment of containers for Alpharetta. The flowering container program is a project very special to Donald. Larry Attig, Dick Debban, Donald and others have been working to improve the curb appeal of Downtown. With in two weeks the public should be able to see the fall flowers along Canton and Roswell streets and Milton Ave. Later they will also be placed along Main Street. Thanks to the Downtown Alpharetta Trade Association, our Mayor and City Council voted unanimously to increase the curb appeal of Alpharetta we will all enjoy these for years to come. These planters will be replanted 3 times a year and maintained throughout the year. Creating curb appeal is just one of many ways to bring more business to Alpharetta.
A true testament of supporting a candidate running for the Alpharetta City Council is volunteer participation. Last night Donald Mitchell hosted a large group of volunteers at the 52 Bistro Restaurant who have “signed up” to help him win. These individuals will be walking subdivisions to get the word out about why Donald is running for city council, what he stands for, and why they should vote for him. They’ll also be putting up signs and making calls to friends and neighbors to get the word out.
If you want to volunteer and help support Donald’s campaign, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Peggy Jones, at email@example.com.
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If you’re invested in helping to elect Donald Mitchell to the Alpharetta City Council in the upcoming City of Alpharetta election, we will be holding a Volunteers meeting on Wednesday, October 19, from 6:30-8:00 pm.
We will be discussing and assigning upcoming volunteer opportunities as we head into the last few weeks of this campaign. The agenda for the meeting is as follows:
Introduction of Donald Mitchell and campaign platform
Discussion of Volunteer Opportunities
Assignment of Responsibilities and Logistics
If you’re interested in attending this meeting, please contact us for further details:
Donald Mitchell was pleased to meet all of the nice people that live in the area on Tuesday night. They discussed the importance of continuing to have persons of integrity & honesty in public office. Donald is open and available to meet with any and all groups. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to schedule a meeting.
Donald Mitchell was warmly received at the Windward Association of Retired Men. Donald believes that the concerns and our citizens should be upheld and implemented. He was asked some hard hitting questions concerning property rights and protection of property values. As a fiscal conservative and big believer in property rights, Donald’s comments were widely received and welcomed. Donald also believes that with his push for Economic Development for Alpharetta our corporate campuses and their current zoning should be maintained as they are. Corporations bear most of the tax burden for Alpharetta’s neighborhoods. It is extremely important to fill vacant office buildings with job producing corporations.
The Kimball Bridge Coalition had an excellent candidate forum on Sunday Night. We were able to hear from the majority of the mayoral and city council candidates. It was both exciting and nerve racking as we sought to expound on all of our ideas. I enjoyed meeting so many folks from Kimball Bridge and Windward. This forum has become an excellent opportunity for the general public to make decisions for the future of Alpharetta. As I was speaking, I realized just how lucky I am to have this opportunity to serve Alpharetta. It is a great place to live!
Donald Mitchell spoke before the council on Tuesday Oct. 4th requesting flowering planters and a maintenance program for downtown. This has been a personal project of Larry Attig and Donald Mitchell’s for years. They formed a committee of architects, landscape architects and planting specialists to research and formulate a plan for the beautification of downtown.
“It is so exciting to finally see these planters being unanimously approved by the council”. This is a first step in the revitalization of the downtown area. The first planters should appear by mid November along the downtown streets. We can all benefit from the increased curb appeal that this program will afford the residents and businesses of Alpharetta.
In addition to the planters, the committee is exploring an overhaul of the landscaping throughout the downtown area. New plans are being drawn up and will eventually be sent out for bids. These are exciting times for Alpharetta as we begin to rethink and reshape the vision for our historic city center.