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Candidates in Locust Grove talk citywide improvements
by Christine Fonville
October 31, 2013 11:33 AM | 1082 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Locust Grove candidates competing for three open seats on the city council are Sammy Brown, Keith Boone, Viann Doerr, Donald Dunlap and James “Sam” Rosser.

Brown, 64, said his lifelong residency within the city has given him an authentic concern for the residents.

“I want to be involved in what the citizens want and need for their city and I have the time and dedication to devote to meetings and visiting people to hear their concerns,” he said.

Brown said his main priority if elected is wise money management.

“I want to ensure citizens are getting the most for their tax dollars and that [the money] is going where it is most needed,” he said.

Brown also said he would like to pay attention to the “older parts” of Locust Grove to ensure the city’s preservation of these areas.

“I want to make the old part of town a place where people want to come, visit, shop and have fun,” he said.

Brown is a retired forest ranger and was employed by the Georgia Forestry Commission.

He and wife Claire have a son and a daughter.

Doerr said her previous experience on the city council and training will help her help the city.

“I was on the city council for 21 years and received training for economic and downtown development from the Municipal Training Institute,” she said.

Doerr said she has seen many changes in the area that need to be dealt with properly.

“Locust Grove has experienced a very high growth rate and it is now a larger city with a different set of needs and desires,” she said.

If elected, Doerr said, her priorities include dealing with the increase in traffic in the area as well as working on infrastructure in the city.

“We need to develop alternative routes to more efficiently move through our city and welcome new ideas from the public,” she said.

Doerr is retired from SunTrust Bank and is on the Locust Grove Events Committee.

Dunlap, 27, said although he is the youngest candidate running for office, he will use his age to help define the future of the city.

“Between managing a business, staying active in my community and raising a family all in Locust Grove, I have the ambition and drive to see that people’s needs are met,” he said.

He said his experiences in business and networking have gained him some insight into how to make the city more successful.

“I think we can successfully attract families and businesses to Locust Grove with the right combination of business sense and community interest,” Dunlap said.

If elected, he said his main priorities include public safety and community development.

“My goals are to help develop long-term plans to allow our city to grow and increase the presence of local emergency services in the city,” Dunlap said.

He owns and operates a screen printing and embroidery company with his wife Ranessa.

They have four children.

Boone and Rosser could not be reached before publication after many attempts.

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