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Flowery Branch City Council candidates
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Michael G. Justice

Age: 50
Years in South Hall: 1
Education: Southridge Senior High School in Miami, bachelor of science degree in communication from the University of Miami and a master of business administration from the University of Miami
Family: Wife Michelle and two stepdaughters
What is the biggest issue facing Flowery Branch today?
The future. The city is torn between its past and its future. The city has the burdens of the historic neighborhoods, aging infrastructure and the demands of development. I believe the key to a bright future for Flowery Branch is to listen to the citizens. The mayor and council need to continue to as a team to make strategic decisions that promote a better community for all of the cities citizens.
What top three issues would you tackle during your time on city council?
No. 1: Get the Police Department and City Clerk’s staff appropriate facilities and technology. The current facilities are an embarrassment. No. 2: Attract more businesses to Flowery Branch, get more local job opportunities. No. 3: Fill in the blanks — the geographic boundaries of the city of Flowery Branch are fragmented and illogical. Put together a plan to encourage the addition of unincorporated areas of Hall County, that logically fit within the city limits, to the city. And promote city services — water, sewer and police. This is a long-term marketing effort, but a key to the future of the city.
What do you think should remain the same about Flowery Branch?
Mayor Mike Miller and the city council have done an exceptional job of running the city in a business-like manner. It is important that the current congenial nature and business-like approach to city management continue. I believe I can help.
What is one favorite thing of yours about Flowery Branch?
My family and I love the community. People are friendly and helpful.


Chris Mundy

Age: 45
Years in South Hall: I was born and raised in South Hall, and have spent 43 years living in the area.
Education: Johnson High School, bachelor’s degree in risk management/insurance from University of Georgia and master’s of business administration in finance from Georgia State University
Family: Wife Erin and one son
What is the biggest issue facing Flowery Branch today?
I believe the biggest issue facing Flowery Branch today is the impending growth and dealing with that growth in such a way as to maintain the standard of living we currently enjoy. I want to ensure the people of Flowery Branch have the services and resources it needs to continue to grow and prosper and our citizens have the quality of life they deserve.
What top three issues would you tackle during your time on city council?
I would like to see the city increase its tax base by adding more businesses to the area. I think the new Lights Ferry Connector and roundabout, along with the proposed City Hall, will help toward achieving that goal. I also see the completion of the Cinnamon Cove sewer project as a catalyst to adding more businesses to Flowery Branch and to servicing those businesses. I want to make sure our city government is listening to the people it serves and is being transparent and accountable in its actions. My finance experience and fiscal conservative views should enable me to serve as a protector for the funds of the city. If elected, I promise to be the eyes and ears of the community and will work tirelessly to serve them.
I believe the revitalization of the downtown area is vital to our city and I would work to ensure that we support local businesses and their investment in our city. I believe the current city council has done a good job of getting the ball moving and I would like to join them in tackling that task.
What do you think should remain the same about Flowery Branch?
I think the wonderful “hometown” feel should remain the same in Flowery Branch. I believe that is what attracts most folks to this area. I know that is why I have lived here most of my life. I know there is growth coming but if we manage that growth appropriately we can maintain our community feel and still grow and prosper.
What is one favorite thing of yours about Flowery Branch?
One of my favorite things about Flowery Branch is the people. The residents of Flowery Branch really have a sense of community and that is not easily found these days. The people are always willing to lend a hand and are genuinely proud of their city.


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Monica Beatty

Age: 50
Years in South Hall: 30
Education: Johnson High School
Family: A son, daughter and granddaughter
What is the biggest issue facing Flowery Branch today?
I see that poor planning in the past is going to lead to a serious problem with our infrastructure and much needed repair to our sewer drainage system. We need to pull our sleeves up and start working. We need to prioritize and budget for these costly infrastructure repairs and we need to do that without raising taxes.
What top three issues would you tackle during your time on city council?
No. 1: Infrastructure as stated above. No. 2: The redevelopment of the downtown Flowery Branch area. We need to look at other cities as examples and continue to become a more attractive city for young families and business. This redevelopment will allow future generations to have a better quality of life if we decide to put the work in now. A lot of community involvement has gone into this redevelopment and I want to make sure that the effort of the past isn’t lost. Many people I know in Flowery Branch have spent several hours helping to pick a long-term plan for the redevelopment. No. 3: Continuing to make sure that the meetings are transparent and the people of Flowery Branch know exactly what is happening with their money and their government.
What do you think should remain the same about Flowery Branch?
I think that Flowery Branch should continue its redevelopment effort while preserving the history of the downtown area.
What is one favorite thing of yours about Flowery Branch?
One of my favorite things about Flowery Branch is the festivals and the many outdoor activities we have that you can do with your family. I enjoy taking my granddaughter to the downtown area and listening to music, watching her play with the blow-up jumping gyms, petting the animals or riding the ponies out behind the Depot. The farmers market is also a very important part of those outdoor activities that I would like to see continue and become stronger. I also enjoy Flowery Branch Park. I have taken my granddaughter there to play on the play set and recently used the pavilion when I attended the South Hall Republican Club picnic there and it was very enjoyable. We are lucky to live in a city that has these outdoor activities and venues. I look forward to helping create more of these experiences for future generations.

Alan Davenport

Age: 41
Years in South Hall: 16 in Hall County, 9 in Flowery Branch
Education: Bachelor of science from Valdosta State University, CST Gwinnett Tech, CFA Mayo Clinic
Family: Wife Ashley and four children
What is the biggest issue facing Flowery Branch today?
Managing growth.
What top three issues would you tackle during your time on city council?
Annexation, communication and Old Town expansion.
What do you think should remain the same about Flowery Branch?
I believe you can always do things better. The city council has done a good job moving the city forward and I would like to help keep it moving in that direction.
What is one favorite thing of yours about Flowery Branch?
Location and the sense of community. What an awesome place to raise a family. Live here, eat here, play here.

Ed Edwards

Age: 74
Years in South Hall: 4
Education: A bachelor of business admin­istration degree from Georgia State University
Family: Two sons and grandchildren
What is the biggest issue facing Flowery Branch today?
Road and highway repairs. Making it easier to navigate in and out of town and to get to Lake Lanier.
What top three issues would you tackle during your time on city council?
Completing the revitalization of Old Town, making our city one of the most attractive places to visit in Hall County and annexing other areas into the city.
What do you think should remain the same about Flowery Branch?
The warm, friendly atmosphere that permeates the citizenship of the city.
What is one favorite thing of yours about Flowery Branch?
It’s a wonderful place to live.

Nicole Kriews

Age: 46
Years in South Hall: 8
Education: A bachelor’s degree in accoun­ting
Family: Husband Kevin and three children
What is the biggest issue facing Flowery Branch today?
The biggest issue facing Flowery Branch is economic development and “smart growth.”
What top three issues would you tackle during your time on city council?
Fiscal forecasting and planning, Old Town Redevelopment Project and business development
What do you think should remain the same about Flowery Branch?
Everything, but we need to plan properly to prepare for the growth that is heading to South Hall.
What is one favorite thing of yours about Flowery Branch?
I feel blessed to live in a safe community that offers modern amenities with the comfort of a smalltown feel.