ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Alpharetta City Councilman Dan Merkel has announced he will seek a second term for the Post 6 seat he has held since 2015.

“There’s a lot of great things happening in Alpharetta,” Merkel said. “I’m proud to have worked with a very proactive city council, exceptional city staff, and, most importantly, our residents during these past four years. It is essential we continue to move Alpharetta forward in a way our citizens can be proud of.”

Merkel said one of his main focuses will be to expedite more than $80 million in infrastructure funding through the 2016 city bond and transportation sales tax.

“Prior to serving my first term, the city went through a period of new development as we moved out of the recession,” he said. “Getting these road projects up and running so our infrastructure can keep pace is essential for the city’s future.” 

Future development is also another issue Merkel intends to lead.

“Our citizens expect a balance when it comes to new development, specifically, limits on high-density mixed-use projects,” he said.

Merkel pointed to his record on council of primarily voting in favor of single-family developments over high-density multi-family units.

Merkel, a 25-year Alpharetta resident, and his wife Colleen live in the Hampton Hall community where they raised their two daughters, Hannah and Maddie. He served as chairman for the Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation and Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce. He is active in the Alpharetta Rotary Club and served as president from 2013 to 2014. He also served in leadership roles with the Ed Isakson YMCA board and the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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