You cannot live your best life if you’re always looking over your shoulder in fear. Rick’s top priority will be public safety.
You can COUNT ON RICK to establish a joint task force on crime prevention and public safety. This task force will include law enforcement representatives from our justice agencies, including the Offices of Sheriff, the District Attorney and Solicitor General; Fulton County Police and a representative from each of our city police departments and of course citizens from each city.
We need a new jail, that both incarcerates and rehabilitates to reduce the revolving door and the recidivism rate at our jail.
Taxpayers have spent more than $1 billion on the outdated and dilapidated jail. Rick is the only candidate who has toured the current jail complex and spoken with inmates and staff about the conditions. Rick's visit led to him author the county legislation that called for the County to conduct the new-jail feasibility study. You can COUNT ON RICK to make sure the feasibility study to build a new high-tech jail and save taxpayers money will not just sit on the shelf when its complete.
COURTS AND PROSECUTION
Rick supports full funding of the District Attorney and Sheriff Offices. You can COUNT ON RICK to make sure we provide the needed resources to have the desired outcomes of criminal justice reform and crime reduction. A law enforcement cruiser should never break down while out on patrol and we should have reasonable caseloads per investigators and prosecuting attorneys in the DA’s Office.
Rick helped develop the policy that created the joint Pre-Arrest Diversion Program jointly administered by the County and the
City of Atlanta. This will provide wraparound services including mental health to those who need help, not a jail cell. You can
COUNT ON RICK to ensure we end loading up the jail with non-violent disabled persons who need medical attention.
When you peruse the 2022 Fulton County Budget and search for the word “youth” it only comes up separately just three times, out of more than 100 pages. The word is more often than not tied to corrective services, like juvenile crime and the courts. You can COUNT ON RICK to redirect our focus when it comes to youth. It’s been proven time, and time again that an investment now on the front side of life cost much less than locking them up on the downside.
Fulton County has led the way in ensuring our seniors but we must make certain that North Fulton gets its fair share of services. You can COUNT ON RICK to fight to get a senior multipurpose facility built for North Fulton. At present the closest facility is in Sandy Springs, but there are several in Atlanta and neighborhood centers Rick will also fight to restore senior services that have been cut over the years.
Every Fulton homeowner deserves to be treated fairly and with respect when it’s time to assess their property and apply their property tax. You can COUNT ON RICK to institute the most rigorous, best-designed analysis and tracking system to ensure the assessment departments operate efficiently—and FAIRLY. It’s one thing to reduce the millage rate, but what good is that if you unfairly increase the homeowner’s property-tax assessment? You can COUNT ON RICK to make sure the system is fair and easy to understand every step of the way: from first notice to Board of Equalization to final assessment.
COUNT ON RICK to be a force when it comes to ensuring public, ethical government. As the investigative political reporter at 11Alive, Rick exposed the deep-seed corruption at Fulton County that sent several officials to federal prison.
COUNT ON RICK to continue to keep a close watch on potential corruption. RICK will not remain silent when wrongdoing occurs. RICK will immediately move to review and update all rules and policies to ensure they are up-to-date and there are no loopholes. We must end the crisis of corruption in our local governments. No more backroom deals. No more pay to play.
Free and Fair Elections should not just be something we think about in the past. You can COUNT ON RICK to continue the fight against voter suppression. Rick authored the County legislation to fight SB202 and he joins Stacey Abrams and others who are fighting to make sure voters don’t have to stand in long lines on Election Day. We need to fully fund our elections to offer a free, accessible, and efficient process to prevent a state takeover. Our current Commissioner consistently votes against critical funding for elections operations. RICK will fight and prevent a State takeover of our local elections.
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