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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 Tucker City Council District 2, Post 1 candidate Cara Schroeder.
Dear Tucker Observer,
I support Cara Schroeder, candidate for Tucker’s City Council, District 2, and I want my neighbors to know why.
It is important to me that voters know just how hard Cara worked for Tucker in the past 14 years that I have known her. We met as volunteers for the Rivers Alive clean up on Cowan Rd many years ago. It should be noted that Cara was instrumental in Rivers Alive to work with Tucker Parks that long ago! Cara has also worked with all the Parks and has been instrumental in park improvements for many years.
Cara is a true friend of Tucker Parks. She has done a fantastic job crusading for Henderson Park and getting all the trails completed. I have watched her pull up her sleeves and go to work without any fanfare or recognition. She just wants to get things done! She is very mindful of others wants and works as a group leader. I am so happy that she has picked the Lawrenceville Highway Corridor as one of her main points of interest in her campaign. This is so important to have a nice entry into our city!
Cara is self employed and understands the importance of hard work to complete a task. I am very sure she will work hard for the citizens of Tucker!
I can go on forever on my support for Cara for Tucker , but I will instead close with her campaign slogan which is more than just a slogan. It is the truth…
Dear Tucker Observer,
Tucker City Council elections are on November 2 and if you’re registered to vote in Tucker, I encourage you to make a plan to vote! I also encourage you to consider voting for Cara Schroeder for City Council District 2, Post 1.
I first met Cara volunteering in our local parks years ago, and she’s been a passionate advocate for park improvements with both Dekalb County and the City of Tucker, including serving on the steering committee with the Tucker Parks Master Plan. She’s a great supporter of our green spaces and has played a role in enhancing the community garden, mapping the trails in Henderson Park and more!
She’s also served as a volunteer for several years on the Tucker Community Council and currently serves on the Tucker Planning Commission. Cara supports a wise growth strategy with items that have come before the Tucker Planning Commission. I think she would continue to demonstrate this thoughtful leadership style on City Council and when addressing resident concerns.
As a nonpartisan candidate, I believe she truly listens to and respects individuals, and welcomes diverse viewpoints. Cara supports an NDO for the City of Tucker.
Within District 2, Brockett Road is heavily trafficked and improvements to this street are vital for community members to feel safe driving, walking or biking. Cara supports detailed and specific plans to increase the safety of this road for driving and exercising. She is also advocating for improvements on the Lawrenceville Highway corridor in partnership with business owners.
You’ve probably seen her Cara Cares signs, and I believe she truly does care about Tucker. I enthusiastically endorse her, and I trust her to make smart decisions impacting my home and neighborhood over the next four years in Tucker and District 2.
Please vote this November! And please consider voting for Cara Schroeder.
– Malisa Anderson-Strait, Tucker resident in District 2 since 2005
Dear Tucker Observer,
Municipal Elections in all Georgia cities are non-partisan, and the city of Tucker is no exception. However, it seems that partisan politics are encroaching into this year’s mayoral and city council races. I have no doubt that individuals running for election in Tucker have their own personal political beliefs, but when it comes to governance of Tucker, these ideologies should not be a factor.
I am happy to support the only non-partisan candidate running for District 2 city council, Cara Schroeder. For those who have lived in the Tucker community, Cara’s years of organizing, volunteering, and supporting Tucker should be well known. Her work alone on our city parks should be a good indication of how involved and invested Cara is in Tucker. As her campaign signs say, Cara CARES about Tucker.
Cara was responsible for procuring over $1.3 million of park bonds and grants to greatly enhance our parks with new amenities such as the installation of new lights for tennis courts, new playgrounds, and truly needed restrooms at Henderson Park. Cara founded the Friends of Tucker Parks and was instrumental in recruiting for their membership. She was also the founding chairperson for the Rivers Alive event with the Tucker Civic Association.
After working on behalf of the Tucker cityhood movement, Cara went on to volunteer on our first community council. She now volunteers on the city’s planning commission. Through her years of working with and on behalf of Tucker, Cara is the most qualified candidate running in District 2.
It is so disheartening to see DeKalb County political parties injecting themselves into our local elections with hand picked candidates, outside money and support, and attempting to set agendas for the candidates and the city. If we elect candidates that are beholden to one political party, then who do those candidates really represent, their party or the citizens of Tucker? I have known Cara for many years, and I can honestly say she is motivated only by her love for our city.
Cara Schroeder’s experience, leadership, and civic involvement makes her the obvious choice for city council. As we prepare to elect four new councilmembers in the November election, her experience will matter more than ever. I encourage all my friends who live in District 2 to vote for Cara Schroeder on November 2nd or when early voting begins on October 12th.
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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