Andre Dickens (City Council Post 3 At-Large Candidate)

10/9/2013, 12:07 p.m.
I have been the president and vice president of the Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association in northwest Atlanta.
Andre Dickens (City Council Post 3 At-Large Candidate)

The third, but not least, issue is higher ethics in government. The current office holder has proven to have numerous ethical challenges. It is time for us to no longer tolerate unethical behavior – in any form. Some may argue that there are no absolutes, but to me, as a public servant the bottom line is about acknowledging right from wrong – even in so called, gray areas. You are either trustworthy or not. Ethics is knowing the difference between what you “can do” by virtue of position, and what is “right to do.”

As stewards of the public’s trust, I believe the onus is on elected officials to avoid conflicts of interest and comply with all ethics codes and regulations. The city’s ethics code was strengthened in 2002 to ensure citizens that officials are acting in their best interest. I strongly support upholding the code of ethics and being accountable to the people of Atlanta in both word and deed.

What is your vision for the future of Atlanta?: I want to work with people across Atlanta to make this the greatest city we can be. We have some of the greatest assets a city can hope to have: some of the greatest universities, the world’s busiest airport, among the highest concentrations of Fortune 500 companies, a phenomenal quality of life. Our city changed the world because of our leadership role in the Civil Rights Movement.

In the new millineum, we will need to be even better and implement the best practices of others. We need to do a better job of ensuring that every Atlantan has the opportunity to do great things. I believe we are all endowed with value and that we all want to contribute to a better society through the work we do.

I want to work with you to make Atlanta the greatest place possible for economic opportunity – whether that means building a company or getting a good paying job. If you work hard and play by the rules, I believe there should be a path for upward mobility for you here. I want entrepreneurs to look at Atlanta as the best place to start and build a company. And I want a workforce program that meets the needs of our people and our businesses for 21st Century job training and career development.

I also believe that we must do the hard work of ensuring that the children who are raised in Atlanta have access to a world class education and the greatest opportunities on this planet. As a father, I want more for my children than I had for myself.

I believe we must set high goals for our city and that we must work with the public to attain those lofty aspirations.

We need only to look to leaders like Atlanta’s own, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Benjamin E. Mays to know that we are a city of dreamers, but we must be dreamers with shovels in our hand! We can also look to leaders who heeded that call to know that we are a city capable of getting the (hard) jobs done. It is our legacy. Working together, I want to help make that our future.