Jones for Atlanta
Atlanta City Council member, District 2 in GA http://www.JonesforAtlanta.com
375 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Suite 1405
Public Phone Number: 808-206-6276
Public Email: [email protected]
Primary Election Date: 2013-08-27 General Election Date: 2013-11-05
Who am I?
With a Business Degree from Rutgers University, and a Public Policy education from UCLA, I am a classically-trained Economist. Currently, I work as a Pricing Analyst in Atlanta's Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry. I first moved to Atlanta in 2010, and I have since been an active member of my community as an advocate for equality and fair representation, preventing childhood homelessness, and open government. I am a proponent of Direct Democracy, and am the architect behind a web-based technology (called the Atlanta Direct Democracy Interface) that will significantly increase the input of every-day citizens in the law-making process.
Why am I running?
I'm running for City Council to make Atlanta the first city in the 21st century to have a functioning direct democracy. The problems that divide our nation are the same problems that are dividing our city. Unemployment in the city's 2nd district is high, and the number of new businesses willing to invest in our community is steadily falling. There's an old saying that reads, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results." Atlanta's city government has failed to bring about the change that we deserve, so the only logical answer is that it's time to change Atlanta's City Government.
My plan is to fundamentally change the way City Hall operates. Every resident is not getting their voice heard, and so I plan to introduce a system of direct democracy. With user-friendly technology, electronic voting will allow every member of District 2 to vote on legislation, author new legislation, or make pleas to the city. Electronic town halls will keep every participant informed, and provide a level of civic engagement unparalleled by any democracy in the world! Using simple tools on the web and telephone will enable the electorate to create, propose and vote upon all policy implementations that affect them.
With the the interface that I built, I will know exactly how the people of my district would vote on a bill - before the bill is put up for vote in city hall. The first and major goal of my role as a Councilman will be to NEVER cast a vote as a representative that is in opposition to how the people of my district have voted. My second goal is to create a successful model of direct democracy in my district that is able to be replicated city-wide, and maybe even nationally.
My DFA Values
Every part of my mission is in line with Democracy for America's tenets of Community, Security, and Liberty. I have designed a web-based portal that enables every resident to participate in the law-making process. With this technology, users can log in, and vote on proposals that are currently in review at City Hall. Users can even write their own initiatives, and pitch the idea to fellow citizens, who then vote on and comment on the suggestion. Users can advocate changes to current laws, or promote a cause that deserves city-wide recognition. And most importantly, the interface is the vehicle that I will use to gauge how my constituency would vote on a bill. I will vote 100% of the time in line with the people who I represent.
So for example, a bill is put up for vote in City Hall that asks “Should the city ban smoking in public parks?” Residents will log in and cast their YES or NO vote. And users can also comment with their opinion. One resident could vote yes, and share that they “see it as a tremendous step towards creating a city with clean air.” Another resident could log in and share that they see the bill as “an affront to personal liberties.” The interface encourages the real-time exchange of ideas, and it puts the opinions of residents onto the same level as elected law-makers. Everyone is given a seat at the table, and the people of this city are in control of making the laws of their community.
My Campaign is People Powered!
On a constant basis, I seek input from the community on both the concept of Direct Democracy, and the tool with which I plan to facilitate Direct Democracy. My campaign has released a beta version of the Atlanta Direct Democracy Interface for voters to visit and see how the tool would function. Available at (www.ATL-DDI.com).
I have organized a meeting for March 18th at the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization to meet citizens of my district, and engage in an open dialogue about what they would like to see. Also, I have volunteer college students working as network administrators and telephone representatives. I utilize their network frequently to spread the word about the merits of Direct Democracy.