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District 7 Atlanta City Council candidates Q&A
by Megan Thornton
October 30, 2013 02:16 PM | 2169 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Abid Haque
Abid Haque
Bobby Montgomery
Bobby Montgomery
Howard Shook
Howard Shook
Editor’s note: Abid Haque, Bobby Montgomery and incumbent Howard Shook are facing off for the District 7 Atlanta City Council seat in Tuesday’s nonpartisan election. The district includes part of Buckhead.

o Name, age: Abid Haque, 21

o Occupation: financial analyst at Intalage Inc.

o Education: bachelor’s degree in global economics and modern languages from Georgia Tech, 2013

o Political experience: First time running for office but has supported members of Congress in the past.

o Family: Not married.

o Why are you the best choice? “I understand that you want to live, work and play in a cohesive community, whether this means families meeting at newly established playgrounds and community pools, or business people walking safely home from MARTA. I understand that many of you are eager to have a new city council representative.”

o Top three issues: our 4 P’s: build parks, pools and the police force and increase pedestrians; reduce property taxes as we increase home values by providing a desirable community; lower water/sewer rates .

o Net campaign funds through Sept. 30: $2,054

o Campaign website:

o Name, age: Bobby Montgomery, 37

o Occupation: search engine optimization marketing manager and real estate broker

o Education: bachelor’s degree in communications from Tennessee State University, 1999; expected to receive a master’s degree in Christian education from Life Christian University this month

o Political experience: First time running for office but has volunteered on the campaigns of officials and candidates and served on the Sarah Smith Elementary School Council for the past two years.

o Family: wife J. Elyse; children Aegean, 12, Shalom, 8, and Simeon, 6

o Why are you the best choice? “As a father of three school aged children, I have vested interest in seeing my community thrive in all areas. It is time to pass the torch to the next leaders with new and innovative vision.”

o Top three issues: Family and safety, entrepreneurship and small business owners and education.

o Net campaign funds through Sept. 30: $498

o Campaign website:

o Name, age: Howard Shook, 57

o Occupation: Atlanta City Councilman

o Education: attended Washington & Jefferson College and Boston University but did not graduate.

o Political experience: currently serving third term on the Atlanta City Council, where he also has served on several committees; has served on several other local organizations

o Family: wife Alise; daughters Catherine, 20, and Mary Martin, 18

o Why are you the best choice? “My demonstrated commitment to bettering Buckhead and Atlanta, which spans 20 years of policy-making at all levels, makes me the most experienced and qualified candidate.”

o Top three issues: Getting fair return on the taxes and fees that Buckhead pays; continued implementation of our traffic improvement plans; stopping the revolving-door courts exploited by criminals.

o Net campaign funds through Sept. 30: $90,112

o Campaign website:

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