Dean Moore running for City Council ‘to protect Clarkston’s neighborhoods’

Dean Moore

Clarkston, GA — Dean Moore, a community advocate who built a career in construction, is running to regain a seat on Clarkston City Council. He served on City Council from 2010 until 2017.

He ran again but lost in the city’s special election in 2020.

The election is on Nov. 2. There are three seats on the ballot this year, all elected at-large. The seats will go to the three candidates who earn the most votes.

The other candidates running this year are:

– Jamie Carroll (Incumbent)

– Susan Hood

– Shana McAllister

– Yterenickia Bell

– Herbert Clark

– Larry McClam

– Dean Moore

Moore is a 24-year resident of Clarkston. His main issues are historic preservation and public safety.

Moore’s top priority is protecting Clarkston’s neighborhoods, both single family housing and multi-family dwellings, with historic preservation, zoning and code enforcement. A member of the Historic Preservation Commission and Technical Advisory Committee for reassessment of zoning in Clarkston, Moore has also studied urban development and pedestrian safety with Atlanta Regional Commission and Georgia Municipal Association.

“Eighty-five percent of our properties are rentals here in Clarkston. We’ve got an enormous inventory of multi-family dwellings that was established back in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Part of that type of development was unfettered, and that’s what I’m fighting as far as zoning goes,” Moore said, adding that several years ago the City Council nearly deregulated zoning in the city.

Moore’s idea is to improve multi-family housing conditions with code enforcement of building safety and trash removal.

“I want to help improve the housing conditions for the tenants in those apartments through incentives and enforcement, and potentially a landlord-tenant commission,” he said.

In 2014, Moore pushed to create bike lanes on N. Indian Creek Drive. He said his persistence resulted in a center turn lane and bike lanes on either side of the road. The first time he drove on it, he was “ecstatic.”

During Moore’s tenure on the council, he helped the city shift to a council-manager form of government, hiring the first city manager in 2011. He pushed for the establishment of $15 per hour minimum wage for city employees, and now wants to see local businesses rise to the same standard.

Moore takes a holistic approach to solving problems – it’s not just zoning or preservation or standard of living. It’s all of that.

“I’m here to help Clarkston, to promote Clarkston, for the benefit of Clarkston,” he said.

More information about the Nov. 2 municipal elections

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The election will be Nov. 2. Early voting will begin on Oct. 12. The voter registration deadline for the upcoming city elections is Oct. 4. To register to vote, click here.

To see a list of important dates in the 2021 election year, click here.

Voters in DeKalb County are eligible to apply for an absentee ballot beginning Aug. 16. The county will hold municipal elections on Nov. 2, as well as a county-wide E-SPLOST vote for DeKalb County schools.

To apply for an absentee ballot:

— Visit the Georgia Secretary of State website: www.sos.ga.gov.

—  Complete the absentee ballot application using the state’s official paper form or request an absentee ballot in writing. Use blue or black ink only.

Applications can be mailed to the county elections office and voter’s should use this address: DeKalb County Election office, 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032-1239.

Applications can also be submitted through fax, 404-298-4038 or email, [email protected]

Voters may send an absentee ballot request for multiple people who live in the same household in the same envelope or email.

If an absentee ballot is not mailed to you, contact your county’s elections office. You may still vote in person, either early or on Election Day.

An absentee ballot application must be received 11 days prior to the election, which is Oct. 22.

In accordance with SB202, a new voting bill signed by Governor Brian Kemp in March, a voter ID is required to apply for an absentee ballot. A Georgia driver’s license, Georgia voter card, U.S. military ID, employee ID issued by any branch of the federal or state government, U.S. Passport, tribal ID, or a document verifying a voter’s name and address – including a paycheck, utility bill, or bank statement – are accepted forms of ID.

Voters can obtain a free ID at the DeKalb County Elections office at 4380 Memorial Drive in Decatur or at the following locations:

– On Aug. 25 from 3-6 p.m. at Doraville Marta Station, 6000 New Peachtree Road, Doraville 30340.

— On Aug. 30 from 3-6 p.m. at Indian Creek Marta Station, 3901 Durham Park Road, Stone Mountain 30083.

— On Sept. 15 from 3-6 p.m. at Chamblee Marta Station, 5200 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee 303041.

— On Sept. 14 from 3-6 p.m. at Kensington Marta Station, 3505 Kensington Road, Decatur 30032.

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