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Man on a mission: Atlanta’s next City Council leader Andre Dickens

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Atlanta native Andre Dickens was born and raised in southwest Atlanta. He is a product of the Atlanta Public School system. He earned a degree in chemical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dickens is running for Atlanta City Council Post 3 at Large. He is eager to take on the leadership role — to be the change he wants to see in Atlanta. ~christian johnson

What inspired you to run for a public office position?

Working in public office is something I’ve always wanted to do.  I love the city of Atlanta; it’s a great city.  I’ve lived here my entire life (except after college when I moved away for four years).  I want to continue to make the city better for my daughter and other children.

What are some of the daily motivators that keep you driven towards working for the greater good of the community?

Everything with me is about the future, which is why I came back to Georgia Tech to work. I just think that we have to keep looking forward. It’s about helping to prepare the future leaders so they can be ready for what’s expected of them.

What are the top three issues you would like to see changed in Atlanta?

The most important thing is having a safer city and neighborhood.  I have the opportunity to speak with a lot of people through various community service activities, and people honestly just want to feel safe.  My second concern is unemployment. which is still high.  We need more good paying jobs …  The last topic I want to touch on is striving for a clean and ethical government.  People are tired of Atlanta having this dark cloud over such a very bright city. A big part of having a clean government is respecting the public participation process.  Everyone has a vote, so they should have a voice.