In my time on the Planning Commission for District 2, I have protected our community by utilizing my years of experience across a wide range of applications and services. I have been involved in the development of the Johnson Ferry/Shallowford Small Area Plan (JOSH). I have incorporated community-developed guidelines such as the Vinings Vision Plan and Powers Ferry Master Plan, as well as extensive community input, in the zoning cases I’ve reviewed. As a fiscal conservative, I will continue to question county spending and work to ensure residents get the best value for their property taxes.
Zoning /Public Service
Zoning, Public Safety and Transportation are three essential areas of focus for a county commissioner. Experience is critical, and District 2 does not have the luxury of on the job training. An uninformed zoning decision or failure to pay attention to a transportation issue can cause undue harm to a community, impacting it for years to come. I have significant experience in all of these areas and will continue to engage and act on the desires of the constituents of District 2. In today’s world, experience matters.
- Zoning – Served as Planning Commissioner from District 2
- Public Safety – Serves as Vice-Chairman of the Neighborhood Safety Commission
- Transit – Serves on the Transit Advisory Board
Knowing your community is critical to being an effective county commissioner. I have lived in District 2 for 23 years. I have been a resident of Smyrna as well as East Cobb, and I understand the unique opportunities and challenges for both. I have worked hand in hand with many civic organizations and through that work gained a deeper understanding of what makes each area different and the services each community needs to remain healthy and strong. Experience counts, and we need a Commissioner who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and dig into the details.
- Habitat for Humanity as site PM, Crew Leader and Volunteer; helped to build 20 plus homes over 18 years
- Led Mt. Bethel UMC’s Handy Helper and Disaster Response Ministries from 2005 until 2018; worked with many local charities, including: The Hope Center, Girls, Inc., Hands of Hope, Boy Scouts, Cobb Street Ministries, 7 Bridges to Recovery (The Garden), Wellspring Living
- Coached Youth Basketball, Soccer and Baseball/Softball at Mt. Bethel UMC and East Side Baseball; coached 43 seasons and still coaching
Small Business /Experience
District 2 is home to several large and small businesses, and they are critical to the success of the community. For business, even making payroll and ensuring vendors are paid can be challenging during difficult times. A community needs to support its businesses, but the community has needs too. Finding the balance between the needs of our business community and the public can challenge a county commissioner. Having quality jobs requires quality companies doing business here. The strength of a community relies on the success of both sectors and the commissioner’s ability; again, experience counts. I own a business and I’ve served this community. I will always seek to balance the needs of business in District 2 with the needs of our community, and ensure the needs of business are not placed solely upon the backs of the taxpayers.
- President of Smith Todd Company, a 27-year-old Construction and Construction Management firm
- Experience in contract preparation and evaluation, and with budget preparation and management
- BS (Architecture) from Georgia Tech