I have prayed over this and spoken with my family and with their encouragement and support I have decided to pursue a seat on the Snellville City Council. I am now asking for your support in my bid for Post 3 against Tom Witts.
First and foremost, I love the City of Snellville. My only intention is to do what is best for Snellville, after all I chose to call Snellville home.
Since moving to Snellville I have always been involved, whether it be as a mother, a volunteer, a community advocate, a small business owner or a member of a City Board. So, I have seen firsthand the current divisiveness in our governing body. I believe that the Council's divisiveness is the biggest obstacle facing our City today. While I respect each member of Council for the position that they hold, and I respect the decision of you the voters to place each of them there, I believe that it is time for a FRESH PERSPECTIVE on the Snellville City Council. As a mother of seven, I am used to conflicting opinions, and I have become a keen facilitator of compromise. If elected I will be open-minded to everyone's perspective and if necessary agree to disagree in a respectful manner.
If elected I will be an advocate for our children, I will continue my advocacy for the development of the arts in Snellville and I will listen to the needs of you the people.
Currently, no member of Council and no other candidate for Council has school-aged children. As a mother of young children I will bring a FRESH PERSPECTIVE to the Council. I believe that strong families make strong communities. As a mother, I understand the importance of supporting our children both academically and in their talents. I also know that sometimes when it comes to government planning the needs and wants of our youth are overlooked, but they are members of this community too and should not be forgotten.
If elected, I will continue to support programs such as the Snellville Farmer's Market and the festivals planned by Snellville Tourism and Trade. However, my focus will be on more than one-day festivals or seasonal markets. I want to focus on what we can do now to benefit adults and youth. I want to focus on projects that will make a difference today and continue to make a difference in our community 20 years from now. Projects such as the completion of the renovations to Briscoe Park, the creation of neighborhood parks throughout the City, the addition of sidewalks in key locations, the widening of Highway 78 to relieve the bottleneck in Snellville, the restoration of a full Quality of Life Unit/Code Enforcement Unit, and the establishment of a regular paving schedule for our streets. These projects may not all be glamorous, but they will help our City for years to come.
If elected I would support the creation of an independent Ethics Board, so that if a citizen had a legitimate ethics complaint against an elected official they could raise it in a neutral and controlled environment.
If elected I would support the vision for a community-wide performing arts space. It was a honor to me when the Council voted unanimously to place me on the Snellville Arts Commission, and I was humbled when my fellow commissioners elected me Vice-Chairwoman. As an Art Commissioner I have begun to work on promotion of the fine arts throughout our City, but as a Council member I would be able to do even more. It is proven that the promotion and development of fine arts increases the viability and economic development of a community. If elected I will utilize my over 25 years of professional experience in the performing arts industry to help strengthen the balance of arts education opportunities for children and young adults and performance opportunities for everyone to enjoy.
Finally, as a business owner I understand how complicated zoning ordinances can be when you are trying to get your business started or when you are trying to remodel your storefront. If elected I would like to take a common sense approach to our zoning ordinances. As a City we can maintain our high standards without placing undue burdens on our business owners.
In closing, as a Councilwoman I want to serve our City and you the citizens with neighborhoods that are thriving. I want to help build physical structures that accommodate wellness and awareness. I will use innovative business ideas that will compliment the face of our City and make it a monumental landmark for the State of Georgia. I will do this while presenting ethical values with integrity to the office and community that I serve. As an advocate for families and youth I want to present a platform of community growth through empowerment. My dedication is to the advancement of Snellville, while preserving our history and propelling our future.
But, I cannot accomplish any of this without your help, your support and your vote. Please check back on this website throughout the campaign for information on my specific ideas for the City. In the meantime, please call my personal cell phone, 678-680-9489, send me an e-mail or talk to me when I knock on your door with any questions. Please vote ALISA BOYKIN November 5th to give Snellville City Council a FRESH PERSPECTIVE.