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District 6 Atlanta City Council candidates Q&A
by Everett Catts
October 30, 2013 02:27 PM | 936 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tracey Austin
Tracey Austin
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Mike Boyle
Mike Boyle
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Alex Wan
Alex Wan
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Editor’s note: Tracey Austin, Mike Boyle and incumbent Alex Wan are facing off for the District 6 Atlanta City Council seat in Tuesday’s  nonpartisan election. The district includes part of Buckhead.

o Name, age: Tracey Austin, 36

o Occupation: Self-employed NFL- and NBA-certified agent; also a business consultant who manages the business development for nonprofits and businesses.

o Education: bachelor’s degree in health sciences and master’s degree in business administration from Howard University, 1999 and 2003, respectively

o Political experience: spent the past 15 years volunteering for presidential and Congressional campaigns, including Barack Obama’s, and in recent years has spoken publicly on children and family issues

o Family: Not married; one son, 6, but did not disclose his name to protect his privacy

o Why are you the best choice? “Because I feel like I can better relate to all the residents in our district, particularly the parents, the moms who are of the working class as well as those who are entrepreneurial. I have demonstrated over the past 15 years that I am dedicated to civic and social service through my volunteerism and my work with members of Congress and other elected officials.”

o Top three issues: safety, transportation, government services

o Net campaign funds through Sept. 30: $2,919; was fined $125 for filing her report late

o Campaign website: www.votetraceyaustin.com

o Name, age: Mike Boyle, 44

o Occupation: Community activist and a former green energy developer with a large electric utility currently searching to to buy, own and operate a small business together with a partner.

o Education: bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Notre Dame, 1991; master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School, 1997

o Political experience: First time running for public office but has volunteered with several organizations including his neighborhood association and Boot ParkAtlanta, a group fighting unfair parking restrictions

o Family: wife Priya; one daughter, 9 months (he did not disclose her name to protect her privacy)

o Why are you the best choice? “I am an outsider running as a concerned citizen activist, and am not a career politician.”

o Top three issues: parking, government surveillance and transparency

o Net campaign funds through Sept. 30: $7,317

o Campaign website: www.mikeforatlanta.com  

o Name, age: Alex Wan, 46

o Occupation: director of development at Emory University

o Education: bachelor’s degree in engineering from Georgia Tech, 1988; master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School, 1993

o Political experience: elected in 2009 and running for second term; appointed by the city council to the Atlanta Development Authority board (now Invest Atlanta); lost to incumbent District 57 State Rep. Pat Gardner in the 2004 Democratic primary election;

o Family: openly gay; partner Joe Bechely

o Why are you the best choice? “I think my experience, my education and my work experience as a former small business owner but also having worked in the nonprofit sector with a research university. That combination of skills and experience is valuable to the city. I think also my track record. Four years ago I made pledges when I asked for people’s votes and delivered what I promised. I think that’s the leadership that sets me apart from my opponents.”

o Top three issues: fiscal responsibility, quality of life (including public safety) and infrastructure

o Net campaign funds through Sept. 30: $86,550

o Campaign website: www.alexwanforatlanta.com
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