A candidate for the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners District 4 wants to listen to the people’s needs and deliver their vision. As an architect, Kenneth Scott Gordon, 48, says he often listens to his client’s needs before providing an outcome matching what they anticipated. He says he thinks the listening skills he’s developed through his career is what sets him apart from his opponent, former Cherokee County commissioner Larry Singleton.
Gordon and Singleton face off July 22 in the general primary runoff after being the top two vote-getters in the May 20 Republican general primary.
“If I’m elected, we will not return to the ‘anything goes’ development practices seen while my opponent was sitting in the District 4 seat over 10 years ago. I’ll deliver careful planning from a design professional’s perspective. The experience I’ve gained working on public committees and the Woodstock Planning Commission will deliver fresh, relevant and responsible strategies to maintain and enhance the quality of life that make District 4 and Cherokee County so desirable.”
If elected, Gordon said he plans to promote policies that will continue to keep Cherokee’s tax burden low, in order to help businesses, individuals and families in the district.
“The recession, which began with the U.S. subprime, significantly impacted District 4 due to decreased home values, failed businesses and property foreclosures,” Gordon said. “We have all suffered because of the economic downturn and desire as little government interference as possible to allow us time to rebuild our businesses and recover our property values.”
Gordon, a conservative, said he’s not inclined to support a tax increase and will seek to improve efficiencies in all areas of government service to reduce the budget.
“Funding for public safety is top priority, so a situation where all cuts have been made and further cuts would create a safety concern is one such circumstance I would support a tax increase,” Gordon said. “As a taxpayer, I appreciate the opportunity to vote on substantial expenditures and additional taxes, as was the case for the parks and recreation bond referendum and recent SPLOST renewal.”
As a former volunteer firefighter, Gordon said public safety is the most important service provided by county government, and the quality of those services affects how much homeowners and businesses pay in liability insurance.
“My top priority would be to ensure that we have highly trained professionals that are well-paid and well-equipped to keep our families safe, reduce crime and respond when emergencies happen,” Gordon said.
When asked how he plans to alleviate the traffic gridlock in District 4, Gordon said the solution is more comprehensive than simply adding another lane or widening a bridge.
“What if your commute from Centennial Lakes was to Inalfa or Cabellas on Highway 92 instead of down I-75? Would a commute from Kellogg Creek to Northside, Wellstar, or Pinnacle at I-575 rather than Perimeter Center make a difference in your quality of life? What if you could walk or ride your bike on the Greenprints Trail from the neighborhoods in Towne Lake to downtown Woodstock on the weekends? Transportation planning requires thoughtful development practices, high community input, strong implementation, and a comprehensive perspective - all things that as an architect, I am well-equipped to lead,” Gordon said.
Gordon is married to Lynell Maranto Gordon, and together they have two children, Emily Jane, 13, and Kayleigh Grace, 6. To find out more information about Gordon, go to his website at www.gordon4post4.com