As is now the norm for all Dunwoody candidate forums, all questions are provided in advance. This allows those knowing nothing to appear to know something, and allows those involved to craft responses to entertain the audience. The newspaper reporters should like these forums. The candidates can simply email their answers to all media, allowing said media to write the story without even attending the event, like Patch.
Questions from The League of Women Voters:
Questions by Topic
1. Economic Development How has the city handled its economic development projects ?
here is where some candidates will complain about the John Wieland project
2. Road Maintenance How has the city handled its road maintenance projects ?
here is where some candidates will complain about Dunwoody Village Parkway
3. Park Maintenance How has the city handled its park maintenance projects ?
here is where some candidates will complain about the dog park and the Brook Run trail
4. Respect for Private Property Does the city respect private property ?
here is where some candidates will complain about the Brook Run trail (on public land but
near homes where people oppose children playing and active adult recreation) and also
complain about using easements for road improvements and another jab at the parkway.
5. Transportation & Master Plans Do you agree with the city’s master plans ?
here is where some candidates will complain about bike lanes, the parkway project (again),
Vermack/Womack, and a general catch-all for other complaints
6. Project Process Does the city use the right designs and project processes ?
here is where some candidates will complain about Dunwoody Village Parkway, Womack/Vermack, bike lanes, Project Renaissance and John Wieland, and will profess to be experts in all things and tell us consultants are not needed because we in Dunwoody are smart people.
My issue with the questions is much of it has to do with things already done. It is good to rehash some things, but at some point you move on. These questions all lead to a specific issue in the city. maybe that's good. But instead of hearing what you would have done differently (aside from actually being involved prior to 60 days ago) tell me what YOU will do for economic development. Tell me your plans for road maintenance. Tell me how you would manage parks. Tell me about private property (and please know easements give someone else the right to use the land in some way, even if you are 88 years old and live in a log cabin), tell me your vision of designs and processes for certain projects. The questions are loaded more than a baked potato from the Sweet Tomatoes buffet line.