Greg Coleson has filed to run for city commission Dist. 1 in the special election March 19.
Coleson is running against Decatur businessman Scott Drake to fill the seat who stepped down to take a new job in private industry.
Here is a release that Coleson provided to Decatur-Avondale Estates Patch:
I am excited to announce my candidacy for Decatur City Commissioner, District 1. Decatur has been in the forefront of national, state and local news, for our schools, our businesses, our food, our community and our ideas and innovations. I am genuinely thankful to our City officials and Decatur citizens for building a community we are proud to call home.
I have a deep commitment to Decatur, Georgia. I love living here, working here, raising my family here. Naturally, I want Decatur to be the very best it can be. My wife and I founded the non-profit Decatur Farmers Market in 2002 because we wanted our daughter and all of Decatur’s children to grow up understanding the importance of fresh, locally produced food, and for the community to have another gathering space to indulge in common interests. The more people get together, the more they tend to care about each other, which is at the root of a strong community.
As an involved parent, I have served for four years as a Co-Chair on the Walk and Roll to school program, which encourages students, parents and neighbors to engage in an active lifestyle and ensures that they all travel safely. I believe there are growth opportunities to make bike travel safer, and ways to create greenway paths connecting our neighborhoods and business districts.
I was also selected to be on the inaugural Decatur Environmental Sustainability Board, a dedicated group of citizens who work with city officials to “reduce waste, conserve and improve natural resources, and participate in measures that help keep our environment healthy for future generations”.
I am ready to take the next step with this great city. As Decatur grows and evolves, we need to make sure our growth is sustainable and responsible, while preserving the core attributes of our great community. Decatur is naturally progressive, and I can see exciting opportunities to move to the forefront in environmental initiatives.
As a City Commissioner, I plan to leverage my community involvement and spirit, engineer’s objectivity and environmental values toward nourishing Decatur’s roots into a city that flourishes to its full potential. I will nurture our deeply rooted sense of community in new and progressive ways.
Please visit my website www.coleson.org for more information about me and my platform. I would be honored to serve the Decatur community.
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