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Update from Joseph Geierman

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Mayor Race is Set!

The period for candidates to qualify for mayor has ended, and I will not only be competing for this job with Donna Pittman, but with Tom Hart and MD Naser as well.

This is a critical time for our city's future, and I do not believe we can afford 4 more years of drifting along without strong leadership or a vision. I got in this race to give the people of our city a real choice for change. I look forward to working for your vote over the coming months.

Do you Want Yard Signs? 

Yard signs are an important way to show support for my campaign. If you are interested in having one in your yard, please let me know and I will bring one by. Just respond to this email.

Also, if you want to volunteer in some other way, please let me know! My email address is and my phone number is 770-330-5345
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Kick-Off Event & Videos

On August 13, I held my kick-off event at Las Delicias De La Abuela. Close to 60 people showed up, and we had some great discussions about Doraville's huge amount of untapped potential.

At the event, I gave a brief speech in which I spoke about several issues - including the need to start paying our police a competitive wage:

I also addressed the comments I've heard from some detractors that I can't be Doraville's mayor while holding a full-time job (This is ridiculous, considering both Chamblee and Brookhaven have part-time mayors with full-time jobs that are unrelated to running their cities):

Part of Joseph's Plan: Reinvigorating Doraville's Downtown Development Authority 


One of my top priorities as your next mayor is to reinvigorate Doraville’s Downtown Development Authority (also called its “DDA”) – this is a committee empowered by the state to revitalize and re-develop central business districts in cities in Georgia. Chamblee’s DDA is the organization that has financed most of the development that has happened in that city over the last decade. Our own DDA will be an important tool for Doraville to use as we build on our city’s strengths and address our weaknesses. 

In its current state, Doraville’s DDA is in no position to begin this process: 5 out of 7 of its members have terms that have expired, some members are no longer eligible to be members (having sold their business) and others have never attended a meeting. Meetings are only held infrequently.

As mayor, I would first make sure we have the right people on the DDA. Second, I would schedule annual joint meetings or retreats between the DDA and the city council – so that council could give the DDA direction on the types of projects that they should be prioritizing. Third – I would empower the DDA to make deals. Once this process gets started, we will start to see a virtuous cycle of growth, with other businesses deciding to open here. This has worked for other cities, and it can work for Doraville! By getting this cycle started, our city would begin to grow the value of properties in its digest and start the road to overcoming some of the budgeting challenges we have experienced in recent years.

We can do this now – we just need leadership willing to get the process started!

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