Brandon Adkins is a write-in candidate for mayor of Atlanta.
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What is your current job (include the name of your employer) and list any significant memberships in public service organizations?
What is the biggest issue facing your constituents and why are you the best candidate to address it?
Crime Rates and Educational Curriculum. I am the best candidate to address these pressing and ongoing issues because instead of responding to the results of the problem, I am focused to attacking the root of the problem. For so long, Atlanta has been allowing band-aids to cover there problems and now its time to rip them off so that Atlanta can properly heal and look more beautiful than before.
How do you define “affordability” in housing and what is a specific tactic you would use to improve it?
Affordability is defined as being able to be afforded by the lower class. Most of the time the programs aren’t mean to actually help the participants create a better life; they are meant to sustain them in the program creating an on-going cycle of reliability. I have created a 3-Phase program that is meant to help push the homeless and lower class up to the middle class and help create a better life for millions of families.
City Hall has been dogged by an apparently ongoing federal investigation involving accusations of corruption in the previous mayoral administration. How would you help restore public trust on matters of staff spending and contract procurement?
Just become open. Offer full transparency with city officials and to the public. That create standards where the incoming mayors for decades to come will have to have that transparency. City Hall has bigger fish to fry. We should not be worried about investigations where our citizens has put their trust. Its just simply not needed.
In 2020, Atlanta and the nation experienced two historic events: the COVID-19 pandemic and protests about racial justice and police brutality. What is a public-policy lesson you learned from those events?
The biggest lesson to be learned is, our citizens here in Atlanta have a voice. WE want to be heard. We wanted to be acknowledged and respected and quite frankly, we having been getting that. The peaceful protest need to be acknowledged. The call for honesty and information about COVID-19 needs to be heard and acknowledged. Our Current Administration did exactly what Atlanta is used to and responded to the situations instead of aiding and calming the citizens.
The debate about the location of a public safety training center is an example of longstanding tension over whether Atlanta’s urban planning should be more top-down from corporations and private groups or more bottom-up from communities and neighborhoods. What is your approach to planning processes and is there a specific change you would make?
I believe they should be driving by the communities and neighborhoods. Submit polls to the public. Make decisions at least taking into account what the public thinks.
Do you support the Atlanta public safety training center’s location on Key Road in DeKalb County? Why or why not?
I’m more neutral on this topic. It’s kind of a situation where it’s already there so let’s utilize it.
Who is the main expert you turn to for information on understanding and addressing crime and what is an important fact you have learned from them?
Honestly I haven’t had the resources or credentials to talk with experts but I sit and talk with those who mentored me growing up so that I can be able to obtain the information needed and make an informed decision. Dr. Beverly Fludd-Flanagan, Dr. Natasha Crosby, and Dean Booker of Morehouse College has helped propel me into the man I am today and have taught me that nothing is easy and to trust the facts.
What are some areas of opportunity for the mayor’s office to work in partnership with the Atlanta Public Schools superintendent and board?
Another one of my Campaign Rally Points! Atlanta Should Focus of 3 areas of opportunity. 1. Curriculum. We have to be able to compete on a global scale. We need a new curriculum so that be can put out model citizens. 2. Global Summits. Summits should be apart of teacher lesson plans as well as the curriculum to help expose students to other topics, issues, languages, and so much more. its should be a requirement to graduate. 3. Dual enrollment. Students should be ready to be dual enrolled by the first year in high-school. We are dimming the information that they are learning from 3-8 grade. That’s 5 years of information we are letting our children barely retain. It’s really unfathomable.
Describe how you envision Invest Atlanta operating under your administration. What changes, if any, would you implement?
Under my administration, Invest Atlanta would be leading the country in economic growth. There are so many areas of opportunities for Atlanta to expand and grow and become one of the biggest spots for tourism in the world. Another one of my Campaign Rally Points, BEAUTIFY ATLANTA!. Under my administration we will shine every penny to keep Atlanta shining for many many decades to come.
Explain your leadership style and how it would best serve the people of Atlanta.
My leadership style is very hands on. I like to be very upfront and honest and display the utmost of integrity as possible. I actually listen to the people of Atlanta and sympathize with them because I too, grew up the the SWATS of Atlanta. I know and understand how hard it is to move forward and achieve greatness and it only strengthened my work ethic. No one in Atlanta can out work me.
Anything else that you want to share for voters who may be undecided?
I have your best interest at heart. I am one of you guys. I am your son, your brother, your cousin, your uncle, your grandson and I sympathize with you! I was born and raised in Atlanta and I know the struggles from the pot holes to the leadership. I have a beautiful wife, 2 beautiful daughters and a son on the way. I just want to make Atlanta better for them and you! Please join this campaign and WRITE MY NAME IN ON THE BALLOT BRANDON ADKINS. Be apart of me becoming the youngest mayor in Atlanta’s History.
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