November 26, 2013What defines you as the top contender for this council seat?
RICHARDSON: I ask for your vote because now, more than ever, we need a real voice on City Council who will protect our neighborhoods.
Our members of council must be independent of developers, other politicians and special interests, not rubber stamps for them or anyone else. For 15 years, I've worked here in Johns Creek to keep the high-quality residential integrity of our community.
I was an early organizer of the grassroots movement to create the city of Johns Creek to protect our neighborhoods from erratic decision-making in Fulton County.
The Comprehensive Plan 2030 – the vision for our city and businesses as defined by our citizens – was the delivery of a promise I made to you that decisions impacting where you live would be made by you.
I pledge to continue to uphold that promise. I have been, and will continue to be, a strong voice for homeowners.
If you accomplish only one thing in the next four-year term, what would you want that to be?
RICHARDSON: Protecting the integrity, safety and value of our neighborhoods through smart infrastructure improvements, community-based public safety policy and community planning based on our Comprehensive Plan 2030.
Specifically, it is a continued priority to me, having voted to fully fund the project, to see the completion of a traffic light not only at Brumbelow and Nesbit Ferry roads but, minimally, the top 10 other intersections that have been identified as needing serious safety improvements.
It continues to be my priority to see traffic calming and funded road repairs in our neighborhoods. And I remain committed to controlling high-density development and incompatible zonings.
What do you see as the city's most under-used asset(s)?
RICHARDSON: It is not an understatement to say that Johns Creek is filled with brilliant and productive people who want to raise families in the best city in Georgia.
As a mother, I know that we have the best schools and educational programs in Georgia, as well. Our schools drive homeownership. And homeownership is closely tied to economic development.
As we look to the future of Johns Creek, we cannot underestimate the impact strong partnerships with our schools will have on our economic health. We need to continue to partner with our schools to create internships, mentorship programs and actively include our engaged community volunteers to support our efforts.
I would very much like to see the creation of an internship program between the schools and the city where students who are interested in government or social studies could commit to assisting city officials at work and on special projects.
This would teach work ethic, awareness and understanding of government functions and even potentially help with getting into the college of their choice.
Johns Creek can be an example of the best that can be when our independent governments work together.
Executive Editor, Appen Media.