On November 5, 2013 the city of Johns Creek will hold a municipal election to elect a mayor and three city council members. This week Patch will run Q&As for all eight candidates.
Today, Wednesday, Sept. 18, Patch presents Q&As for the two of the three candidates running for the Post 3 council seat. (The profile on the third candidate will run tomorrow.) Each candidate was asked the same set of questions.
Name, age: Corinth (Cori) Davenport, 42
long lived in city?
My husband and I, along with our children moved from Chicago in 1997 and have made our home in Johns Creek for the past 16 years.
Occupation: Founder and Owner of Trinity Athletics, wife and mother of 4.
What experience in your background do you think has best prepared you for serving on the Johns Creek Council?
As a mother who has been actively involved in the public school system with my children, I have witnessed the growth of the city through the eyes of my family. That interaction has taught me to be a good listener. In meeting and listening to others and having the opportunity to represent those voices as part of the city council would be a great honor.
As a business owner, I understand the daily challenges of keeping the doors open and prospering. I believe organizations such as Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce, Johns Creek Business Association and Johns Creek Advantage further opportunities to bring viable and sustainable businesses into our city that will lead to a more desirable city in which to work and to live. I look forward to a more collaborative relationship with these and other organizations to make that happen.
Tell Johns Creek Patch readers your vision of the City and how you would accomplish it?
There’s an old saying, “You grow or you die,” and this is true for our city’s future. My vision is to continue to support and preserve the very things that have been our strength. Our nationally top rated public schools, our amenities, our enhancement of natural areas and greenways, our diverse population have created our foundation. The future is to see through plans for a new city center as an economic development initiative and to march toward the creation of Milton County. I fully support Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones’ legislation to move this forward. Our citizens deserve to have the services we pay for.
What do you think is the greatest challenge facing Johns Creek and how would you approach it?
The infighting within the current city council has paralyzed the growth and development. While most have had their attentions and actions focused on an investigation of the Mayor that we continue to pay for, our city suffers by their inaction to make sound and united decisions on behalf of the citizens. We cannot tolerate a divided city government. It serves no one. My approach is to put aside partisan politics and work together as a team to regain respect within our own community, strengthen our relationships with surrounding city governments, Fulton County and the State of Georgia that will ultimately benefit the City of Johns Creek.
Do you have any suggestions for increasing City revenues and/or reducing expenses?
If Johns Creek becomes more business friendly by way of current businesses expanding and inviting new, respected businesses to the city, there will be a natural growth in revenue without raising taxes. I would encourage a stronger business climate so it creates a greater balance and lessen the tax burden on residents. I will encourage ways to provide more streamlined or innovative services. I will not promote non-essential expenses.
Address an issue you think is important to the City of Johns Creek.
If you had asked me on August 30th, my answer would have been very different, but on August 31st, my son was playing football on a field with 7 other boys and was struck by lightning. It was through this experience that I realized how important emergency response and knowledge of CPR was to saving my son’s life. This could happen to anyone at anytime. As I congratulate and praise the City on being the first Heart Ready City and the strong record of police and fire response, it is also important to increase the response time for Rural Metro ambulance services and to create a greater awareness and training of CPR from students to senior citizens. I would like to see our city become the first majority CPR trained community with our first class hospital, Emory Johns Creek; having our schools, senior centers and community centers provide programs that teach CPR that would be of great and lasting benefit to all.