Happy 100th Silver Lake!

September 20, 2011

Silver Lake, a Brookhaven jewel, is 100 years old. There is a centennial celebration this weekend with a number of family activities, including a 5K walk/run, progressive dinner, and kids’ fishing tournament. Click here for more information.

At a ceremony that is being held as part of the centennial celebration, I will be presenting a resolution passed by the Georgia House of Representatives commemorating this important community milestone. Click here to read the resolution.

Redistricting Report

September 20, 2011

Every ten years, the General Assembly is required to adjust Georgia’s congressional, State Senate, and State House districts to account for population shifts that become apparent when census data is released.

The General Assembly recently completed a special legislative session to establish new congressional and legislative districts. After being approved by the legislature and signed by the Governor, these boundaries are subject to approval by the United States Department of Justice or the federal courts pursuant to the Voting Rights Act.

The AJC has created some helpful maps so that you can see where you live relative to the new district lines. These maps superimpose the new district lines over a Google map of the state. You can zoom down to the street level to see your neighborhood:

Click here for the U.S. House map.

Click here for the State Senate map.

Click here for the State House map.

Georgia’s population growth has yielded a new seat in Congress, up from 13 to 14. This population growth largely has been in the northern part of the state. The new congressional district is in North Georgia, and other districts in northern Georgia have shifted significantly.

The Sixth Congressional District, represented by Congressman Tom Price (R), has shifted southward into much of North DeKalb. Most of Brookhaven will be in the Sixth District, as will Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody, Embry Hills, Northlake, and Tucker. Citizens who vote at Ashford Park Elementary, Ashford Parkside, the Briarwood Recreation Center, Brookhaven Christian Church, Cross Keys High School, Kittredge (formerly Nancy Creek) Elementary, Montgomery Elementary, Skyland United Methodist Church, St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, and University Baptist Church are in the new Sixth District.

The Fourth Congressional District, represented by Congressman Hank Johnson (D) and formerly Cynthia McKinney, will no longer reach into Brookhaven. The Fifth Congressional District, represented by Congressman John Lewis (D), includes Toco Hills and citizens who vote at Montclair and Woodward Elementary Schools.

The State Senate districts in Brookhaven and Toco Hills will remain largely unchanged. The district represented by Senator Fran Millar (R) will continue to include everyone in Brookhaven who lives north of Peachtree Road, including the neighborhoods around Murphey Candler Park and Silver Lake, plus citizens who vote at Ashford Park Elementary, Skyland United Methodist Church, and University Baptist Church. The remaining areas of Brookhaven and Toco Hills will be in the district represented by Senator Jason Carter (D).

The State House district that I represent (House District 80) will no longer include neighborhoods south of Buford Highway, including Toco Hills, which will be in the district of Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D).

The neighborhoods in and around Brookhaven, Murphey Candler Park, and Silver Lake that I currently represent will remain in House District 80. The Brookhaven neighborhoods represented by Rep. Elena Parent (D), namely Drew Valley and two-thirds of Ashford Park, will remain in her House District 81.

The new House District 80 also will include citizens who vote at Kittredge (formerly Nancy Creek) Elementary School and a portion of Sandy Springs along Peachtree Dunwoody Road from Spalding Drive at the north to Windsor Parkway at the south.

Please let me know if you have any questions. If you are in my current State House district but are not in the new District 80, I encourage you to remain on my e-mail list and stay in touch anyway. I enjoy serving all of the neighborhoods in our community, whether or not they fall within boundaries that must be adjusted every ten years.

Ashford Dunwoody Meeting & False Rumor

September 14, 2011

There will be a town hall meeting about possible improvements to Ashford Dunwoody Road on Tuesday, September 20, at 7:00 p.m. at Montgomery Elementary School, 3995 Ashford Dunwoody Road.

Members of the Montgomery Elementary PTA are helping to organize this meeting. Representatives from the Georgia Department of Transportation and DeKalb County Infrastructure Department will be on hand to answer your questions.

In addition, I feel compelled to address the following e-mail that was sent by a community group shortly after midnight:

“We are holding an emergency meeting to discuss the Ashford Dunwoody Rd Corridor and the potential issues that are arising. The roundabout at JFR & ADR was discussed as a done deal at a recent Cambridge Park CA meeting. The neighborhoods have not had any input on the matter and we certainly don’t want the project to appear as approved without discussion.”

I’ve never before asked the community to pay no mind to a meeting organized by a community group, but it’s important for the community to know that this alarmist e-mail is false.

I talked earlier today with DeKalb County’s Deputy COO for Infrastructure, Ted Rhinehart, and have confirmed that there is no plan to build a roundabout at Ashford Dunwoody and Johnson Ferry Roads. I have heard one or more citizens within the community suggest such an idea (it was merely a suggestion), but there is not a plan from any government entity to build such a project. Furthermore, I was at the Cambridge Park homeowners meeting and can confirm that a roundabout was not discussed there.

Please spread the word. I want to ensure that citizens do not get worked up about a false rumor. I look forward to seeing you at the Ashford Dunwoody meeting on Tuesday, September 20.


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