Business community leaders had a chance to hear from the six candidates vying for the Stonecrest City Council District 5 seat vacated by Diane Adoma.
The Stonecrest Business Alliance presented the Sept. 18 breakfast forum at the AEI StartUp Factory in the city of Stonecrest. Former Reuters journalist Michael Cooper served as moderator for the debate, which included candidates Nathan Alexander, Tammy L. Grimes, Barbara Hall, Dave Marcus, Virginia Pierce-Kelly and Christopher Seabrook.
The candidates fielded several questions focused on the business of the city including economic development, the Stonecrest Overlay District, comprehensive land use plan and city ordinances. The questions were submitted from members of the Alliance as well as the audience.
Attorney Bernard Knight, chairman of the Stonecrest Business Alliance Board of Directors, said the forum provided an opportunity for its members and citizens to test the knowledge of the candidates and hear their ideas about how to move the city forward in terms of advocating and creating opportunities for business growth and sustainability.
“I was extremely grateful for the attendance by all six of the candidates. I think that all of them did their best to answer the questions,” said Attorney Bernard Knight, chairman of the Stonecrest Business Alliance Board of Directors. “I think the forum was very informative. We have an excellent field of candidates. I am confident that Stonecrest will have a great addition to the City Council.”
Knight thanked Bill Allen, who owns the StartUp Factory, and his staff,
for hosting the event. Knight also thanked Edwina Clanton, who serves as vice chair of the Alliance, and board member Stacey Thibodeaux, for helping to organize the forum.