During the campaign I visited in your homes and we talked about my record and the work that needs to be done. On Election Day the message from every precinct was clear: Get back to work.
Thank you for sending me back to City Hall to work for you.
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The CBA rates Councilman Howard Shook excellent.
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Howard Shook, saying
“Shook has supported the neighborhoods in their fights against unwanted and intrusive developments that seek to bypass zoning restrictions. Both of his opponents are political novices. BuckheadView casts its vote for the experience and dedication of Shook.”
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Howard and Alise Shook, their daughters
Catherine and Mary Martin, and Max
The mandate you gave me four years ago was to work for you. That’s what I have done.
You told me that you expected development to put neighborhoods first, that you were appalled by perks special interests lavished on city politicians and city bureaucrats, that you deserved more parks in the neighborhood and an end to sewerage spills, that something needed to be done to manage our traffic tie-ups, that you worried about safety in your homes and on our streets, that City Hall needed to get its financial house in order …
I put myself to work on priorities you identify. We now have neighborhood-protective language in our all-important Comprehensive Development Plan, and the community – not developers or city planners – has the final word in Buckhead zoning debates; we have an autonomous Ethics Commission and no more free tickets for elected officials; new parks like Little Nancy Creek Park and expanded older ones like the Blue Heron Nature Preserve; the virtual elimination of the sanitary sewer spills; funding for the ‘missing’ ramps connecting I-85 and GA400 that dumped 20,000 cars daily onto our streets; improved fire & police pay, ending fire department ‘brown-outs’ and hiring a record number of police officers; and restored Atlanta’s fiscal health with a smaller workforce, pension reform, and restoring our reserve funds from $7M to a record $125M …
Each of those achievements impacts our whole community. Much of the work I do for you, though, impacts one neighborhood or one street or one home. We’re talking about new sidewalks, repaved streets, traffic calming measures … We’re talking about dealing with the water department when they send out a ridiculous bill, about more reliable trash pick-ups, getting an arborist out to sign off on taking down a clearly dead tree ready to fall on your home, an officer to come by promptly to take a report … We’re talking about responding to your neighborhood needs rapidly enough to do you some good and with the can-do attitude you deserve.
Having a long history in this community – raising my kids here, three terms as your Councilman, 10 years of hands-on experience working for neighborhoods before first standing for election – is the reason I know what your priorities are. I know the sidewalk you’ve called about because I’ve actually walked it. I know what a miscalculated water bill looks like because I’ve actually gotten one. I know the tree cover you care about on your street because I’ve actually driven it. Chances are good that I know you, too.
I offer you a track record. I offer you a demonstrated commitment and a demonstrated ability to get results. On that basis, I ask you to renew my mandate. With your vote, you can keep me at City Hall working for you.
I need your vote.
P.S. If you have time before the election to call, I have time to discuss each of these issues with you, along with any other you may care to add. You should ask me and every other candidate in this race about our track records. You can call me at home. Call 404-725-2853.
- Improve traffic flow and refurbish our aging infrastructure
- Grow our parks
- Change the corporate culture amongst the City Hall workforce
- Concentrate on core basic services, not vanity projects
- Deploy our municipal 311 phone system to empower you
- Assure access to a water supply adequate to meet future needs
- Support common-sense water conservation measures
- Work with the new School Board to improve our public schools and rebuild trust
- Deliver the same high level of constituency service I have for twelve years
To read Howard’s Campaign Kickoff Letter, please click here.