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, Tuesday, Sept. 17, Patch presents Q&As for the two candidates running for the Post 1 council seat. Each candidate was asked the same set of questions.
Name, age: Randall Johnson, 57
How long lived in city: 17 years.
Occupation: Business Executive
What experience in your background do you think has best prepared you for serving on the Johns Creek City Council?
My business background and experience running large organizations, developing strategic plans, managing budgets, and leading a variety of personnel has helped in preparation of serving on City Council.
Tell Johns Creek readers about your vision for the city and how you would accomplish it?
My vision is to continue to keep taxes low; continue to invest in roads, sidewalks, and parks; maintain and improve the City’s working relationship with the Schools; and work with the business community to keep new businesses moving into Johns Creek, while working with existing businesses that help make our community a great place to live, work, and play.
What do you think is the greatest challenge facing Johns Creek, and how would you approach it?
I think our greatest challenge facing Johns Creek is continuing to find the money necessary for road improvements, paving in subdivisions, and development of our parks. The local option sales tax negotiations netted Johns Creek an additional 1.8 million dollars and I would like to use that money for road improvements, paving subdivisions and park development.
Do you have any suggestions for increasing city revenue and/or reducing expenses?
My suggestion would be to develop a gathering place and/or city center that would be a magnet for families, businesses, and visitors. Regarding expenses, I will continue to work alongside our city staff who are constantly looking at ways to reduce costs and have done an amazing job since the creation of the city.
Address an issue you think is important to the City of Johns Creek.
This election is about integrity, character, and ethical government. We have to work within the framework of our Charter, and maintain our limited and low tax form of government.