What is your name? *

Doug Shipman

What is your age? *

48

What is your occupation? *

Nonprofit Executive

What is your city of residence? *

Atlanta

How many years in public service? *

n/a

List your Community/Civic Affiliations: *

The Carter Center Board Member Atlanta International School Board Member Anti-Defamation League Honorary Board Member Islamic Speakers Bureau Advisory Board Member Former Board member- Midtown Alliance, Emory Alumni Board, Out of Hand Theatre

Where can voters find you online? (social media links & website) *

DougShipman.com @DougShipmanforATL on Twitter @DougShipmanforAtlanta on Facebook @DougShipmanforATL on Instagram

What is the position you are running for? *

Atlanta City Council President

Why are you running for office? *

I chose to run because Atlanta is on the precipice of significant population and economic growth, but facing key challenges regarding public safety, a lack of economic mobility and a lack of a strong current or planned infrastructure to support people and businesses.

In what ways do you believe your experience will assist you in your position, if elected? *

I have long engaged Atlanta through my leadership as Founding CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and as CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center. These roles have given me deep relationships across the business, philanthropic, political and community sectors of Atlanta.

Why are you the best candidate for this position? *

My experiences being a nonprofit and private sector CEO as well workingon a variety of issues give me a broad set of experiences across Atlanta and a fresh perspective on how to move Atlanta forward.

What do you think your constituents need the most? *

We all need the city to perform basic functions better. From spending money effectively, to building transit and infrastructure to picking up trash and yard waste- the city needs to run bettter.

What would you do differently than the predecessor in the position/office you’re running for? *

I will provide additional data and transparency through use of technology, graphics and communication to bring the Council together and communities to have a better understanding on how their city government works.

What are the three (legislative) issues you will address, if elected? *

Better public safety Short and and long term infrastructure plan including Beltline Transit Expanding anti-displacement programs and incentives

If elected, what is your plan of action the first 100 days in office? *

I will immediately work to provide easy to understand overview of the current state of the city and work to build an agenda from City Council to address public safety, infrastructure and an approach to growth.
Photo of Doug Shipman (Courtesy of Kevin Lowery/ @kevloweryphoto)

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