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Andrew Georgevits, Ward 9 Concord City Council Candidate

Why are you seeking elective office?

I am running for city council because I would like to take a more active role in my community. I want to be a true representative for my neighbors while providing a fresh perspective to help improve our city.

The single most pressing issue facing our (board, district, etc.) is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.

The homeless epidemic has come to Concord. It is discouraging tourism, affecting the community’s sense of public safety, and adding a significant financial burden on both our city funds and local businesses. I believe that working to improve the accessibility of mental health services for these individuals could help them in making long term changes, so they do not end up back on the streets.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?

I have lived in East Concord my entire life. It is a wonderful city and I have fond memories from my childhood here. I always knew I would return after college to purchase a home and start a family.

My 36 years as a member of our community sets me apart from my opponent. She has not been a resident of Concord for very long, nor witnessed firsthand the evolution of our city over the last few decades. Unlike my 9 years as a Kiwanis member and over 20 years of active involvement in my church’s community, my opponents’ community participation and attendance has been disheartening.

If you are a challenger, in what way has the current board or officeholder failed the community (or district or constituency)

Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.

Property taxes are generally one of the highest single-family expenses. Many potential home buyers and entrepreneurs are becoming discouraged by these high rates and are looking to more affordable communities.

I purchased my home in 2017 and have experienced firsthand the anxiety from receiving my quarterly invoice in the mail. I believe we owe it to our local home and business owners to take a closer look at these tax-exempt properties.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?

Through my participation in community groups, I have earned a reputation for showing up and taking action on behalf of my neighbors and community (even when it is hard or uncomfortable). I have developed strong relationships with people of many different social, political and religious beliefs because of my ability to look past differences and focus on working together. I am willing to ask hard questions, and I will continue to seek out the opinions and concerns of my neighbors.

Source : Patch