After getting to know his neighbors over the last four years and serving two years on the Sarah Smith Elementary School council, the 37-year-old said he felt it was the right time to run for office. He said he is looking forward to the opportunity to breathe new life and ideas into the city council while looking out for his No. 1 priority — Buckhead families.
“It is my belief that if we want to create a better city, we must start with family,” said Montgomery, who with his wife J. Elyse has three children attending Smith Elementary. “Cities and districts are made up of families. If families are prospering socially, financially and in all areas, they become overall healthy. The healthier families become as a whole, the more viable the city and districts become.”
Montgomery said he wants to represent his constituents by pushing for street improvements in an effort to create safer communities.
“I would start with simple things, like making it safer for families to walk in Buckhead [by] fixing streetlights and bridge lights, that sort of thing,” he said.
These small issues are easy fixes, he said, but continue to persist throughout Buckhead neighborhoods, leaving common areas unattractive and un-manicured.
“I think the city council [does] a great job with some of bigger items, but they are missing some of smaller items,” he said.
A former special education teacher who works as an search-engine optimization marketing manager and real estate broker, Montgomery said he wants to focus on bridging the gap between the city and Atlanta Public Schools.
“I think it’s important to create a partnership across government lines when it comes to education,” he said. “I think [the] city council and school board should work more closely together, especially with all the negativity our schools have been getting with leadership changing [at North Atlanta High School] and school board issues.”
Some of his other key goals are making the city’s business licensing and permitting process simpler for small business owners and forging partnerships between businesses and schools.