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Eaves, Pitts square off for District 7
by Noreen Cochran
April 15, 2014 02:55 PM | 2568 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The May 20 Democratic primary will decide whether Fulton County Chair John Eaves or At-Large Commissioner Robb Pitts will face Republican challenger Earl Cooper in November for the District 7 at-large seat, which is acknowledged to be the top slot on the board of commissioners.

Eaves, 52, is a 13-year resident of south Fulton and an executive consultant with Midtown-based leadership training and executive coaching firm TalentQuest. 

He graduated from Morehouse College in 1984, earned a master’s degree in religion from Yale University and earned a doctorate in educational administration from the University of South Carolina.

Eaves is married with three children.

He is serving his second term as county chairman.

Eaves said one of his top issues is public safety, and pointed to a council he organized of community and law enforcement leaders “working to reduce recidivism rates, find alternative programs for first-time offenders and help motivated inmates reclaim their lives.”

Another top issue is health care.

“I am an unwavering champion for the Grady [Health] System,” Eaves said.

He said he is the best person for the job because of his experience.

“I have demonstrated leadership at every turn – making smart decisions in tough scenarios while always keeping the needs of Fulton County residents and taxpayers in mind,” Eaves said. “When our economy took a downtown, I cut government spending in a fair and equitable manner, without jeopardizing public safety or basic services.”

He also said he launched the county’s economic development arm to create jobs and expand the local economy.

“Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I have been an advocate for transparency and fairness at Fulton County,” Eaves said

Pitts, 67, has lived in Atlanta more than 30 years and is a financial representative at RLP Corp. in Atlanta.

He earned graduate and post-graduate degrees from Ohio, Kent State and Emory universities.

Pitts is married with one child.

His political career of more than 30 years includes being a member and president of the Atlanta City Council and serving on the Fulton County board since 2003.

Pitts said his top issues are public safety, the budget and health care.

His public safety goals are “reducing crime and enhancing public safety, reducing the jail population and reducing the inmate return rate,” he said. Pitts said he will provide financial leadership “by implementing budget reform, avoiding unwarranted property tax increases and implementing audit reforms.”

He said he plans to enhance health and human services by “pushing for state and local funding of Grady Memorial Hospital, pushing for the expansion of Medicaid and seeking a dedicated funding stream for the indigent citizens of Fulton County.”

Pitts said he is the best person for the job because of his leadership ability.

“Leadership is the defining issue in this election,” he said. “A similar position to this is president of the Atlanta City Council. As council president, I was responsible for guiding the budget process through city council, for breaking tie votes on key issues when necessary and guiding resolutions and ordinances through.”

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