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Aaron Watson (City Council Post 2 At-Large Candidate)

10/9/2013, 12:07 p.m.

Campaign Web Site: aaronforatlanta.com

City of Residence: Atlanta

E-Mail: aaron@aaronforatlanta.com

How have you served your district and the city best in the past?: During my first term on City Council, we focused on three great issues facing our city: financial management, public safety and water. As a result of the collaborative work by our executive and legislative bodies we have resolved our pension liabilities--saving nearly $20 million annually, our operating expenditures have been reduced by approximately 16 percent, and we have increased operating cash reserves. Additionally, we have made Atlanta a safer city, by hiring more than 800 police officers since 2010. We have nearly 2,000 officers now.

If elected, what issues will you give highest priority to?: When re-elected, I will continue to work hard for the citizens of Atlanta. Among the priorities for next term: address our aging transportation infrastructure; enhance residential and commercial recycling; draw new businesses and high-quality jobs to Atlanta; and expand alternative transportation options like public transit and cycling

Level of Education: Juris Doctorate, Duke University and BBA Accounting, Notre Dame

Name: Aaron Watson

Office Sought: Atlanta City Council Post 2 At-Large

Political Experience: Atlanta City Council Post 2 At-Large

Prior Office(s) Held: Atlanta Board of Education, Board President

Profession: Corporate Attorney

What do you plan to accomplish during your term in office?: During my second term, I plan to tackle our aging transportation infrastructure and push for more investment in alternative modes of transportation. It is imperative that we invest in making Atlanta a walkable, bicycle-friendly and transit-centric city for everyone. Equally important is a focus on expanding our collaboration with the Atlanta Board of Education and the administration of the Public Schools. We must improve the quality of education if we are going to retain our college graduates and attract high-quality jobs to Atlanta.

What is your vision for the future of Atlanta?: My vision for Atlanta's future is a safe city with a rich transportation network, development that supports sustainable lifestyles, and economic and cultural diversity.

What specific strengths do you bring to the position you seek?: I understand the issues, and I join other Atlantans who strive for a better quality of life for our families. My strenghs are my current role on the Council and past public service experience as a member of the Atlanta Board of Education and as president ,1994-1997 and 1999. Additionally, my financial and legal background has proven to be a strength in helping the city address our pension liabilities and financial management.