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The Tucker Observer invited all candidates running in the Nov. 2 municipal election to submit up to three letters on their behalf. One of the letters could be written by the candidate. Here are the letters in support of Stone Mountain City Council Post 6 candidate Anthony Hernandez Wallen.
Dear Tucker Observer,
This is Anthony Hernandez-Wallen and I want to tell you why I am running for City Council. Here are some of my reasons/ideas
The City’s millage rate is of great concern to us so here are two examples of innovative revenue streams I would like implemented and along with sensible budget cuts we can begin the process of lowering our millage rates.
a) The $3.00 Valet Parking fee utilizing parking spaces adjacent to Main Street to service dining patrons to the downtown area: $1.00 to the city+$1.00 to the owner of the space +$1.00 to be split between the Valet Drivers and the Police
b) In anticipation of our parks being updated we can rent them out for weddings, outdoor church services, specifically curated concerts and other events that would provide for the common good and promote good citizenship behavior.
c) These are only two examples of innovative revenue streams but going forward there are many more ideas I have as well; with the potential to significantly reduce the millage rate and maintain services
d) Want a lower Mileage “give us an idea”
My other goals:
– The James B. Rivers Dr. is the front door to the City and one of my first priorities is to address the following:The flooding that takes place every time we have heavy rains. Bike paths, sidewalks. In my “walk about” this past weekend a resident brought a very dangerous situation to my attention on JBR Dr. I took steps to cure that danger.
– “Smart Design” Street Signs to encourage drivers to slow down and if they would not:use “technology” to fine them for not slowing down.The “Smart Design Street Signs” modus operandi can be replicated in areas that experience speeders and there are many..
I have a passion for Historical Architecture with a penchant for replicating 1920’s architectural designs into new and old buildings. I have rehabbed and built from the ground up several buildings : three of which can be viewed in The City of Pine Lake a few minutes from Stone Mountain. This skill would be very useful in assisting homeowners wanting to rehab their existing properties; especially on Main Street and Shermantown.
Anthony Hernandez-Wallen Candidate for Council Post 6 City of Stone Mountain Ga.
More information about voting in the Nov. 2 election:
Editor’s note: Decaturish and the Tucker Observer have published an Elections Guide, a 76-page e-edition featuring Q&As with nearly every candidate running in our communities. To see it, click here. This special e-edition features candidates running for public office in Decatur, Avondale Estates, Atlanta City Council District 5, Clarkston Tucker and Stone Mountain. There is a PDF version of this, which you can see by clicking here, but due to the format of this e-edition, we strongly encourage you to use the e-reader version.
Election Day is Nov. 2. Early voting will begin on Oct. 12 and will end on Oct. 29. The voter registration deadline 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 as of Aug. 16.
To apply for an absentee ballot:
— Visit the Georgia Secretary of State website.
— Complete the absentee ballot application using the state’s official paper form. Use black or blue ink only.
Applications can be mailed to the county elections office at this address: DeKalb County Election office, 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032-1239.
Applications can also be submitted by 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, call DeKalb Elections office, 404-298-4020. You may still vote in person, either early or on Election Day.
In accordance with SB202, a new voting bill signed by Gov. Brian Kemp in March, a copy of a voter’s ID is required to apply for an absentee ballot. A Georgia driver’s license, Georgia state ID, Georgia voter card, U.S. Passport, U.S. military ID, employee ID issued by any branch of the federal or state government, 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.
Early voting begins Oct. 12 and ends Oct. 29. The hours for early voting are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will also be weekend early voting on Oct. 16, 17, 23 and 24. Call your elections office for hours.
Beginning Oct. 12, you can participate in early voting at the following locations:
– Bessie Branham Recreation Center (2051 Delano Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30317)
– Lynwood Recreation Center (3360 Osborne Road NE, Brookhaven, GA 30319)
– Berean Christian Church – Family Life Center (2197 Young Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30088)
– DeKalb Voter Registration & Elections Office (4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300, Decatur, GA 30032)
– Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library (5234 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084)
– Stonecrest Library (3123 Klondike Road, Stonecrest, GA 30038)
– County Line-Ellenwood Library (4331 River Road, Ellenwood, GA 30294)
– Dunwoody Library (5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road., Dunwoody, GA 30338)
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