Clarkston, GA — Jamie Carroll, an attorney, is seeking re-election as a member of Clarkston City Council. Carroll is from Nashville and graduated from Wake Forest University, moving to Atlanta to attend Emory School of Law. He is married with two young children.
During his time on Clarkston City Council, Carroll has been a proponent of tiny home development and accessory dwelling units. He worked to allocate Clarkston’s stimulus funds for rental relief and mortgage relief during the COVID-19 pandemic, and allocated funds to incentivize Clarkston residents to get vaccinated.
His main issues are public safety, housing and distribution of American Rescue Plan funds.
Carroll moved to the city of Clarkston in 2012, and within several weeks experienced two home invasions and an assault. During the first break-in, televisions, computers and clothing were stolen. The person returned a week later, but a newly-installed alarm system scared off the perpetrator.
“A month after that, I was walking and there was a gang of kids. One of them had a .22 rifle and he pointed it at me. It was a frightening experience,” said Carroll. “All of that made me realize that crime is a real threat in Clarkston.”
He said these experiences spurred him to work on public safety by increasing video surveillance, police patrols and police cooperation with citizens. An increase in flock cameras, which are optimized to capture images of license plates, would help police track stolen cars and link cars to crimes like break-ins. By expanding video surveillance to all the apartment buildings and neighborhoods in Clarkston, police are more likely to catch people committing break-ins and other crimes, he said.
Street crossings, sidewalks and traffic calming are three ways to increase pedestrian safety in Clarkston, said Carroll.
“We approved a contract to put in speed cameras in the Clarkston part of the school district, so police can trap people that speed there,” he said, referring to a 4-year-old girl who was killed while walking to school.
Clarkston is set to receive $4 million in American Rescue Plan funds, and Carroll wants to see those dollars distributed to relieve burdened businesses and homeowners, and to encourage vaccinations.
Prior to joining the Clarkston city council, Carroll was a member of the Clarkston Planning and Zoning Board for three years.
“My impression from talking to Clarkston residents is they want more downtown development. They want more housing options in parks,” he said. Clarkston can encourage downtown development and housing while preserving existing neighborhoods and tree canopy, he said.
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Voters in DeKalb County are eligible to apply for an absentee ballot as of Aug. 16. The county will hold municipal elections on Nov. 2, as well as a county-wide E-SPLOST vote for DeKalb County schools.
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— Visit the Georgia Secretary of State website: www.sos.ga.gov.
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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.
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— On Sept. 14 from 3-6 p.m. at Kensington Marta Station, 3505 Kensington Road, Decatur 30032.
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