Letters to the Editor: October 14, 2015 in the Dunwoody Crier
To the Editor: On Nov. 3, citizens of Dunwoody will have the opportunity to exercise one of our greatest freedoms, that of electing our government representatives. I am pleased to write a letter of support for a friend, Terry Nall. Even if you are new to Dunwoody, I am sure you have heard Terry’s name. As the incumbent, seeking re-election to the At Large Council Post, Terry has worked tirelessly over the last four years to help Dunwoody operate in an efficient and effective manner, consistent with the wishes of its citizens. Terry brings a long, distinguished record of leadership both in the Dunwoody community and in the banking industry. No one has worked harder to make sure he understands the issues and the views of his constituents. His conservative, common sense, and honest approach to tackling our city’s issues is in stark contrast to what we often see and hear at the county, state, and national level. Terry has worked to make sure that our community is safe, that our home values have been protected and that our spending is prioritized and within budget. As the economy begins to recover, we need experienced leaders like Terry to continue the growth of our city in a manner that maintains the character of Dunwoody. I urge you to check out his website (Terrynallfordunwoody.com) to view his specific accomplishments and vision for the next four years and then vote to re-elect him on Nov. 3.
To the Editor:
We have known Terry Nall since he was elected to his current position. Terry has been extremely responsive to several requests we have made no matter how small. He is always ready to discuss current issues whenever and wherever he is approached, including a local restaurant my wife and I frequent. Frankly, we believe Terry is well qualified for a higher office, but he is dedicated for now to carry out his plans for Dunwoody in his current position. He has the valuable experience to do so. We will cast our vote for Terry and recommend others do the same
Bill and Jean Lawrence
To the Editor:
I am writing to voice my support to re-elect Terry Nall for Dunwoody City Council Member At-Large. I met Terry during his original (and successful) run for office four years ago at a neighborhood “meet and greet” event. I was struck then by his straightforward approach and his sincerity. I walked away from the event knowing he had my vote. Of course, no one can predict the future, and little did I know that my life-and the lives of my family and my neighbors-were about to be impacted by the interactions of parties outside our community with the city of Dunwoody.
In March 2014, my neighbors and I found ourselves with the most unpleasant of surprises. A medical treatment company bought my neighbor’s home and was within days of opening its doors for business to serve patients. Yes, this is the story of my family and my Manget Way neighbors.
I won’t take the time to re-hash what happened after that. It has been chronicled by the Crier and other local and regional media exhaustively. What has not been covered is my account of what has taken place since March 2014.
Most of us never engage with the day-to-day activity of our local government. When this happens to you or your neighborhood, you get engaged, reaching out to your elected representatives and anyone else that you believe can assist. That’s one of the principles of our government—representatives of “We the People”.
My neighbors and I reached out to any and all elected officials to make our case and ask them to look into the matter with the city government. To this day–almost 18 months later–only one responded personally and listened to our concerns. That representative was Terry Nall.
Terry made sure that our concerns were heard by the council and the city manager. Having been through his own neighborhood zoning issue as a citizen, he helpfully laid out how he and his neighbors responded to their issue and gave us the benefit of his neighborhood experiences.
Throughout the myriad process of the machinations relating to local government, every time my neighbors and I appeared before any city body (Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning and Zoning Committee, and, of course, the city council itself), Terry was there. Beyond the council meetings, I thought it was a bit unusual. No other elected representative was there; why was he? He confided to me one time that “I always want to see how the average citizen is being treated when dealing with the city government”. His concern for his constituents was not spoken, as is the method of most typical politicians; it was demonstrated based on his actions. I later learned that Terry does this and so much more, from ride-alongs with our Dunwoody Police Officers to personally inspecting re-paving plans to ensure that “worst get repaired first”.
Once our matter made its way into the court system, the community went back to the city council to help shore up our existing ordinances to ensure a “Manget Way” never happened to another unsuspecting neighborhood. For the average citizen, supporting a point of view and ensuring it is enacted with city ordinances is beyond challenging. Yet Terry was there for the community — at every meeting, every hearing—and personally led the effort to ensure Dunwoody’s neighborhoods were heard and represented. Although I am a layman, I’m confident that had our new ordinance —which was passed based on Terry’s leadership—been in place prior to the approach from the outside party, we would not have ever found ourselves in this position.
In short, Councilman Terry Nall is the shining example of what an elected representative should be–representing citizens and their best interests. Our community would be well served to re-elect Terry Nall–and we’d be a better place if all our elected representatives in Dunwoody served our community as Terry does.
Mark S. Collins