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Three vie for Johns Creek post 3 council seat
by Nicole Dow
October 03, 2013 11:24 AM | 3218 views | 3 3 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Johns Creek Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tem Karen Richardson will face opposition from two residents — Cori Davenport and Nancy Reinecke — as she runs for re-election this November.

Richardson, who has served on council since the city’s incorporation, said she would like to continue to be part of the momentum created by council and hopes to focus the next four years on developing community gathering spaces and programming, improving parks and green space, continuing sidewalk improvements and building the tax base through Johns Creek Advantage — the city’s economic development organization.

“In the last seven years, we have significantly improved our quality of life, public safety and sense of community,” she said. “We have seen residential and business growth through judicious zoning decisions supported by our comprehensive plan. Because of that good work and conservative stewardship of our limited funds, we are positioned to creatively address the ongoing issue of maintaining aging infrastructure — roads, parks and sidewalks.”

However, Richardson’s opponents are ready for change on council. Davenport, founder of Trinity Athletics, said the infighting on council is causing the community to suffer.

“We can no longer tolerate a divided city government — it serves no one,” she said.

Davenport believes her leadership experience as a business owner and serving on local organizations makes her a good candidate. If elected, she will focus on strengthening the business climate, reducing the tax burden on homeowners and preserving the quality of life residents enjoy through top rated public schools, local amenities and natural areas and greenways.

“My strong sense of dedication, accountability, and conservative values have defined me as a person, and I will remain true to those principles in my public service,” she said.

Reinecke, a dietitian and nutritionist, said she is running to bring a fresh perspective to city council.

“New members would serve to reinvigorate the council and demonstrate that our city can transcend the service of any one individual,” she said.

If elected, she plans to increase citizen engagement through public outreach.

“It is not enough to expect citizens to bring their issues to city council,” Reinecke said. “My outreach efforts will include frequent participation in meetings sponsored by homeowner and business organizations. I will also prepare weekly communications to reach out to the community and promote discussion on issues of interest.”

Preserving parks and green space, reducing traffic congestion and bringing better broadband connection to the city are among her intended focuses for Johns Creek.

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October 17, 2013
Karen Richardson gets my vote. Good for her that she stood up to Miss Stewart. Stewart, the one who never seems to show up for the council meetings and never seems to know what is going on.
Stephen Myranski
October 10, 2013
After viewing her video posted online during the previous city council meeting, I disagree with the above statement. It showed her unprofessional she is with her peers on council and that is someonei do not want representing my city or working in conjunction with other cities to solve problems or solutions. What if she displayed herself or talked to other cities in that tone or manner? Disrespect is the word that came to mind when I viewed this.

As someone who is just starting to read about this investigation, no wonder the mayor and council don't get along if this is how council members treat each other. I read about the debate and am anxious to hear what all candidates will speak about pertaining to moving our city forward. I am not interested in learning about the past 7 years but rather what we, as citizens can look forward to for our great city.
October 08, 2013
Karen Richardson is one smart cookie and very professional. I like her!
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