Can­di­dates for County Com­mis­sioner, BOE po­si­tions to speak at Smart Growth Newton County event

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an­swer.” Rather, each can­di­date will be given a 3-or 4-minute op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce him­self or her­self to the vot­ers in at­ten­dance. How­ever, depend­ing on the ac­tual turn-out, there may be time for the can­di­dates to field a few ques­tions from the au­di­ence.

Each can­di­date will be given the op­por­tu­nity to re­spond to a se­ries of ques­tions which will be posted on Smart Growth’s web­site. The can­di­dates’ re­sponses to those ques­tions will be posted as well.

Light re­fresh­ments will be served af­ter the can­di­dates have spo­ken. The pub­lic is in­vited.

Smart Growth Newton County is a non par­ti­san coali­tion of cit­i­zens com­mit­ted to smart growth prin­ci­ples and their ap­pli­ca­tion to Newton County and its mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. We be­lieve that cur­rent devel­op­ment pat­terns, dom­i­nated by sprawl, no longer serve the best long-term in­ter­ests of Newton County, its mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, ex­ist­ing sub­urbs, and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. Though sup­port­ive of growth, we ques­tion the eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal costs of aban­don­ing or ig­nor­ing ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture in cities, towns, and other log­i­cal ar­eas only to re­build it far­ther out. We be­lieve in growth that is town-cen­tered and pedes­trian ori­ented, that mixes hous­ing, com­mer­cial, and re­tail uses, and that pre­serves open space and en­vi­ron­men­tal ameni­ties. Ul­ti­mately, we be­lieve this ap­proach to growth pro­motes qual­ity of life and a sense of place and com­mu­nity.

“We are pleased that so many of our cit­i­zens are will­ing to step for­ward to be­come pub­lic ser­vants,” said Jonathan Paschal, pres­i­dent of Smart Growth Newton County. “We want to pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for them to meet with the pub­lic and ex­press their views on is­sues that face Newton County both to­day and in the fu­ture. In these eco­nomic times, true lead­ers need to step for­ward to help di­rect the ac­tions of our schools and lo­cal gov­ern­ments. We have heard from most of the can­di­dates and the ma­jor­ity has in­di­cated that they would at­tend our fo­rum.”

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